Strictly Come Dancing certainly returned with a bang last night after its disappointing launch show.

Despite last weekend, with just 7million tuning in that Saturday, fans were back in front of the telly and eager to watch their favourite celebs dance last night.

An average of 7.9million switched on the BBC dancing show last night as the stars took to the dance floor for the first time, the BBC have reported.

It achieved a peak audience of 8.4% and a 47.9% of the audience share.

Not only were viewers dazzled by the return of the glitz and glamour, but Strictly broke records with a number of firsts last night.

Strictly soared in the ratings on Saturday night (

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Among them, was the first all-male partnership dancing last night - with John and Johannes blowing viewers away with their passionate tango to New Order's Blue Monday.

Fans were further left in tears when EastEnders' Ayling-Ellis made history by becoming the first deaf dancer to perform on the show.

Head Judge Shirley Ballas awarded her very first nine in the first week to AJ Odudu after her impressive Jive with partner Kai to DJ Fresh's Gold Dust left the panel speechless.

Strictly's AJ and Kai impressed in week one (

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John and Johannes performed a steamy tango (

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Other channels weren't so lucky last night, with Channels 4, 5, More4 and E4 going off air for around an hour and leaving viewers baffled.

Channel 4's official Twitter page confirmed that it was suffering from technical issues and that they were "hoping to restore them as quickly as possible.

They tweeted: "Channel 4 and More 4 are currently off air due to a technical problem. We are working to restore them as quickly as possible."

Viewers flocked to Twitter to comment, with one joking: "Going out to panic buy Channel 4."

While another complained: "Britain is breaking down… #Channel4 #Channel5."

Meanwhile others joked that BBC had "sabotaged" Channel 4 in hope of gaining more Strictly viewers.

One tweeted: "The BBC have sabotaged #channel4 and #channel5 in a hope of recapturing #strictly viewers. #channel4down."

While another questioned: "Have #channel4 just decided not to bother seeing as they know pretty much everyone is watching #Strictly."

*Strictly Come Dancing returns next Saturday on BBC One

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