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'The Voice' UK, 'Britain's Got Talent' launch with colossal ratings

New BBC talent show The Voice UK launched with impressive ratings last night.

BBC One's new singing contest averaged 8.43m (37.6%) between 7pm and 8.20pm, peaking with 9.6m (42.3%) at 7.45pm.

Notably, The Voice has premiered with a much higher audience than The X Factor in 2004 and Britain's Got Talent in 2007.

The Voice UK - The Judges - Tom Jones

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Britain's Got Talent 2012: Simon Cowell


Britain's Got Talent kicked off its sixth series with 9.43m (39.2%) from 8pm, adding 567k (2.5%) on ITV1 +1 for Simon Cowell's return to the judging panel.

The ITV talent show peaked with 10.93m (44.9%) as the first auditions show came to a close.

During the pair's much-anticipated 20-minute clash between 8pm and 8.20pm, The Voice UK easily came out on top with 8.9m (36.2%) against Got Talent's 6.71m (27.3%).

Moved to a later slot to make way for Talent, Take Me Out held up well with a decent 4.48m (20.8%) at 9.20pm (+1: 227k/1.4%), then The Jonathan Ross Show ended with 2.75m (16.8%).

Harry Hill's TV Burp went out with a whimper, drawing 3.37m (15.1%) for its 'last ever' edition at 7.30pm (+1: 329k/1.4%), prior to which 3.64m (18.6%) watched All Star Family Fortunes.

On set picture of the last ever TV Burp recording

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Richard Hammond on Total Wipeout


Meanwhile, BBC One's Total Wipeout returned with 3.13m (18.1%) at 6pm. In It To Win It (4.2m/17.6%) and Casualty (4.71m/21%) aired later on.

In an extremely close race, BBC One got the upper hand in primetime with 25.9% over ITV1's 25.8% (+1: 1.4%).

Davina McCall's Million Pound Drop Live started a new run with 1.28m (6.4%) from 9.20pm, but Channel 4 still could not overtake 5 as CSI: NY gave a solid 1.43m (7%) in the 10pm hour.

That meant Channel 5 claimed third place with 4.5% (+1: 0.2%), ahead of Channel 4's 4.1% (+1: 0.6%) and BBC Two's 4%.

ITV2's Britain's Got More Talent opened with a respectable 663k (3.1%), adding 156k (0.9%) on timeshift, while Take Me Out: The Gossip had 456k (2.6%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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