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The Voice UK peaks at 7.7 million for first knockout round episode

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The Voice UK topped Saturday primetime ratings once again last night (March 15) with an average of 6.7 million viewers and 29.2% of the audience share from 7.25pm, according to overnight data.

The BBC One show's first episode of knockouts peaked at 7.7m, marking an average increase of 1m more viewers than last year's equivalent instalment.

Lee Glasson on The Voice knockouts

© BBC

Lee Glasson performs in The Voice UK knockouts


The singing programme was followed by National Lottery: Who Dares Wins with 4.77m (23.5%) at 8.40pm, while 5.17m (27.6%) tuned in to the latest episode of medical drama Casualty at 9.30pm.

Over on BBC Two, Dad's Army attracted the channel's biggest ratings of the evening with 1.7m (7.25%) watching the wartime sitcom at 7.30pm.

The Perfect Morecambe & Wise continued at 8pm with 1.41m (6.18%), while an episode of QI quizzed 1.29m (6.74%) at 9.30pm.

ITV's Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway held steady in the ratings with 6.5m (28.68%) tuning in to see the Geordie duo prank Holly Willoughby on the set of Surprise Surprise from 7pm. An added 532,000 (2.46%) caught up with the action an hour later on ITV+1.

Ant & Dec prank Holly Willoughby on set

© Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Saturdays at 7pm on ITV

Ant & Dec prank Holly Willoughby on Saturday Night Takeaway


The Cube continued at 8.20pm with 3.79m (18%), while the series two premiere of spy drama The Americans was seen by 1.16m (6.14%) at 9.20pm.

Over on Channel 4, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD returned after its midseason break to 440k (1.91%) at 7.05pm, followed by the latest episode of Hostages, which thrilled 450k (2.07%). A showing of Bradley Cooper's Limitless pulled in 840k (4.59%) at 9pm.

Channel 5's triple bill of NCIS kicked off at 7.05pm with 605k (2.64%). The next instalment at 8pm scored the highest ratings of the three with 676k (3.03%), while 588k (2.96%) tuned in at 9pm.

Over on the multichannels, Salamander concluded on BBC Four with 884k (4.39%) tuning in for the penultimate episode at 9pm and 799k (4.32%) watching the finale at 9.40pm.

ITV3's Endeavour attracted 783k (4.28%) at 9pm, while BBC Three pulled in 667k (3.17%) with an episode of Top Gear at 8.20pm.

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