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'Saturday Night Takeaway' stays ahead of 'The Voice' UK in ratings

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Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway beat The Voice UK in the ratings last night (April 6), overnight data suggests.

The last episode in the current run of Saturday Night Takeaway averaged 6.76 million viewers (30.3%) on ITV from 7pm, compared with the BBC One singing competition's audience of 6.43 million (28.5%). A further 541k (2.4%) watched Ant & Dec on +1.

Ant & Dec present 'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' in 2009

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Ant & Dec present 'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' in 2009



However, The Voice's audience grew just under 200k from last week's 6.2m launch, scoring the highest peak of the night with 8.7m.

Earlier in the evening, new Doctor Who episode 'The Rings of Akhaten' attracted 5.5m (28.8%) viewers on BBC One between 6.15pm and 7pm.

The figure was down from the 6.18m (29.8%) who tuned in to watch series opener The Bells of Saint John last week.

The Doctor (Matt Smith) & Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) in Doctor Who S07E02: 'The Rings of Akhaten'

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The Doctor & Clara in 'The Rings of Akhaten'



Back on ITV, gameshow The Cube scored 4.02m (18.1%) at 8.30pm, while The Jonathan Ross Show had 2.25m (10.7%) an hour later.

Over on BBC Two, The Many Faces of Sid James at 7.30pm interested 1.31m (5.6%), while Dad's Army had 1.72m (7.9%) at 8.30pm and QI XL grabbed 1.41m (6.4%) half an hour later.

Channel 4 saw 870k (3.8%) for Walking Through History in the 8pm slot, followed by 1.56m (7.5%) for Taken between 9pm and 10.30pm.

Earlier in the day, the Grand National drew 8.29m (57.5%) in the 15 minutes from 4.15pm. Channel 4's full coverage of the event averaged 2.82m (27.2%).

Elsewhere, a double bill of NCIS scored 834k (3.7%) and 981k (4.5%) from 8.15pm on Channel 5, followed by Law and Order: Special Victims Unit with 1m (5.7%) at 10.15pm.

Overall, BBC One led primetime with 25.6%, beating ITV's 17.2% (+1: 1.9%). BBC Two and Channel 4 tied with 5.1%, while Channel 5 had 3.7% (+1: 0.2%).

Morse prequel Endeavour was the highest rated show on the multichannels, pulling in 1.1m (5.4%) on ITV3 at 9pm. Spinoff Lewis also fared well, earning 787k for the channel two hours earlier. ITV3 ended the night ahead of Channel 5 with 4.4%

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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