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The Voice returns on a high note with over 8 million viewers

By and Meg Drewett
The Voice made a triumphant return to BBC One last night (January 12), attracting 8.37m overnight data suggests.

An average of 34.8% tuned in as Tom Jones and will.i.am welcomed new mentors Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson.

Kylie Minogue during The Voice UK's series three premiere

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Kylie Minogue makes her debut on The Voice UK


The sing competition dampened ITV's Splash!, which went head-to-head in the 7pm to 8:30pm slot. 3.45m (14.4%) watched as Anna Williamson and Keith Duffy made it through to the semi-finals. A further 275.6k (1.1%) caught the action an hour later on ITV+1.

Casualty's latest episode also performed well from 9:15pm to 10:15pm, attracting 5.15m (22.1%). Earlier in the evening Dynamo performed well for BBC One, with 3.73m (20.7%) watching Magician Impossible at 5:45pm.

ITV's most-watch programme for the night was Take Me Out, which wooed 4.14m (17.5%) from 8:30pm to 9:45pm (+1: 305.8k, 1.4%). The channel also chilled 2m (10.8%) at 5:15pm with a showing of Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (+1: 168.7k, 0.8%).

BBC Two led its schedule with a repeat of Nature's Weirdest Events. The episode attracted 1.99m (8.4%) as Chris Packham continued his exploration of the nature's most bizarre and extraordinary happenings.

The heat 2 celebrities

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Splash!


Later on in the evening, 1.98m also tuned into a repeat of Morecambe and Wise in Pieces, giving the channel another 8.4% share of the audience.

Meanwhile, Channel 4's debut episode of Hostages entertained 1.17m from 9pm to 10pm. 5% of the audience were gripped as a surgeon is ordered to assassinate the President during surgery in order to save her family who are being held hostage. A further 215.7k (1.0%) also caught the opening episode an hour later on +1.

Over on Channel 5, 1.89m (8.7%) watched the latest instalment of Celebrity Big Brother at 9:45pm, as Dappy and Luisa Zissman were involved in an explosive argument (+1: 177.4k, 1.2%). 780.5k (5.6%) stayed with the channel at 10:45pm for Celebrity Big Brother's Big on the Psych.

Luisa gets angry

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Luisa and Dappy's argument attracted 1.89m


Sky Sports 1 led the multichannels, attracting 2.26m (6.6%) from 5pm with Saturday Football Night Live, while BBC Three pulled in 1.1m (4.8%) viewers with a showing of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at 8:30pm.

BBC Four's thriller The Bridge continued its second season with a double-bill, pulling in 946.3k (4.0%) at 9pm and 825.1k (4.0%) for its second episode of the night at 10pm.

ITV2 attracted 973.5k (4.3%) at 8:30pm with the eighteenth movie in the James Bond franchise Tomorrow Never Dies.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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