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The Voice UK pulls in 6.95 million for Battle Rounds

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The Voice UK continued to top Saturday ratings last night (March 1), as 6.95 million tuned in to the first instalment of Battle Rounds at 7pm.

According to overnight data, 30.4% of the audience share watched the remaining contestants go head-to-head as the coaches were joined by guest mentors Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Dante Santiago, Leah McFall and Jake Shears.

Christina Marie and Nathan Amzi battle on The Voice

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Christina Marie and Nathan Amzi battle on The Voice


In the same timeslot on ITV, 6.4m (27.79%) tuned in to watch the latest episode of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. This week's episode saw the duo go undercover to prank Gordon Ramsay. A further 456,000 (2.01%) watched an hour later on ITV+1.

Back on BBC One, medical drama Casualty entertained 5.15m (25.15%) at 9.20pm, while 4.14m (29.43%) watched the football highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30pm.

BBC Two's biggest ratings of the evening came from classic sitcom Dad's Army, which attracted 1.95m (6.89%) at 7.15pm.

New series The Perfect Morcambe & Wise launched with 1.33m (5.72%) at 7.45pm, followed by Darcey Bussell's Ballerina Heroines which drew in 1.34m (5.94%).

Back to ITV, Philip Schofield's The Cube kicked off its eighth series with 3.75m (16.78%) at 8.20pm, while The Jonathan Ross Show entertained 2.13m (10.69%) with interviews from Dara O'Briain, Kristin Davis, Ice Cube and Claudia Schiffer at 9.20pm.

New set for The Cube series eight

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The Cube


Channel 4's most-watched programme of the night was weather documentary The Storms That Stole Christmas with 850k (3.7%) at 8pm.

US drama Hostages continued with 620k (2.98%) at 9pm, while a showing of Matthew McConaughey's The Lincoln Lawyer pulled in 790k (5.53%) at 10pm.

Channel 5 brought in 606k (2.72%) with a feature-length episode of NCIS from 6.30pm, followed by Live International Boxing at 9.10pm, which entertained 759k (4.06%).

BBC Four's Salamander once again topped the multichannel ratings. Approximately 852k (4.02%) watched the evening's first episode at 9pm and 797k (4.11%) tuning in to the second instalment at 9.45pm.

ITV3's Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour attracted 773k (3.99%) at 9pm, while Doc Martin was seen by 697k (3.05%) earlier at 8pm.

A showing of Alex Pettyfer's I Am Number Four brought in 638k (3.28%) at 9.10pm on BBC Three.

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