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'The Voice' UK closes ratings gap on 'Britain's Got Talent'

The Voice UK continued to attract big ratings for BBC One last night (Saturday), the latest overnight data reveals.

BBC One's talent show giant attracted four million more (10m/40.3%) than Britain's Got Talent (6m/24.2%) when the pair went head-to-head between 8pm and 8.20pm.

The Voice UK Episode 3 - Joelle Moses

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Overall, the third blind audition averaged 9.54m (41.1%) from 7pm, peaking with a colossal 10.55m (44.9%) at 7.45pm.

The Voice has soared 500k week-on-week and found over a million new viewers since its launch a fortnight ago.

Got Talent pulled in an average of 9.43m (38.7%) for ITV1 from 8pm, peaking with 10.26m (42.1%) at 8.45pm.

However, despite being down a hefty 850k on last week's episode, the Simon Cowell talent show still scored more viewers than The Voice with +1 numbers included, as Got Talent managed 532k (2.3%) on +1.

Britain's Got More Talent followed the main programme on ITV2 with 759k (3.4%) at 9.15pm (+1: 203k/1.1%).

Meanwhile, Take Me Out took 4.06m (18.6%) on ITV1 and 235k (1.1%) on timeshift, then 546k (3.6%) watched Take Me Out: The Gossip on ITV2 from 10.30pm (+1: 116k/1.4%).

Keith Lemon's Jim'll Fix It-style vehicle LemonAid opened with a modest 3.28m (17.1%) on ITV1 at 6.15pm (+1: 135k/0.6%), after which You've Been Framed and Harry Hill's Best of TV Burp amused 3.3m (15%) at 8pm (+1: 144k/0.6%) and 3.18m (13.8%) at 8.30pm (+1: 288k/1.2%).

Shrek in Shrek Forever After
Leigh Francis sips on a cocktail at the after party.

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Back on BBC One, Shrek appealed to 3.56m (20.1%) before The Voice, while In It To Win It (4.39m/18.2%) and Casualty (4.8m/20.9%) held solid audiences later on.

BBC Three's screening of Shrek 2 at 9.10pm drew a decent 925k (4.2%), meaning it was the day's best multichannel broadcast.

Elsewhere yesterday, Masters Golf mustered 1.26m (6.8%) for BBC Two between 8.30pm and 12am, The Million Pound Drop fell to 1.16m (5.2%) for Channel 4 at 9.15pm (+1: 155k/0.9%), and CSI: NY rallied to 1.62m (7.9%) at 10pm (+1: 115k/0.8%) on Channel 5.

Across primetime, BBC One reigned victorious again with 26.9% versus ITV1's 23.5% (+1: 1.3%). BBC Two claimed 6.7% in third place, ahead of Channel 5's 4.7% (+1: 0.2%), and Channel 4's 3.7% (+1: 0.5%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional
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