The Voice UK beat Let It Shine in the viewing figures last night but it was a close race.

There was a lot of singing on Saturday night’s TV – and more of it was being watched on ITV’s The Voice UK for the second week running.

But the series still isn’t attracting the same numbers it got when it was on BBC1.

With celebrity coaches will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale on the judges’ panel, the ITV show was watched by 5.3 million viewers after it aired at 8.00pm on Saturday night, peaking at 6.2 million.

Rival singing contest Let It Shine on BBC1, which sees former Take That singer Gary Barlow, X Factor judge Dannii Minogue, Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and Glee’s Amber Riley search for a cast for a new musical, was also watched by an average of 5.3 million, but peaked with an audience of 5.7 million, after starting at 7.00pm.

While both shows kicked off on an almost even footing when they launched two weeks ago, The Voice UK narrowly pipped Gary’s show in its second week.

Both launches, which overlapped for half an hour on the television schedule, peaked at just under seven million viewers.

Let It Shine continues on BBC1, Saturday, January 28,  7.00pm.

The Voice UK continues on ITV, Saturday, January 28, 8.00pm.