The Voice gains audience in ratings battle

The Voice has claimed another win in the Saturday night ratings battle against Britain’s Got Talent, after scoring an impressive six million more viewers at the point when the two shows overlapped.

The BBC1 talent show – which wrapped up its auditions phase on Saturday – had an audience of 11.8m at 8pm, while by contrast just 5.8m were tuned into Britain’s Got Talent on ITV1.

The ITV1 show still scored a greater overall peak viewing figure, with 12.2m viewers – its highest audience so far of the series – but The Voice was neck and neck with a peak audience of 12.1m.

These latest figures come in the wake of ITV moving future editions of Britain’s Got Talent to avoid any clash with The Voice, following their four-week ratings war.

From next weekend The Voice – which will move into the ‘battle’ stage to determine the 20 finalists for the live shows – will be screened from 7-8.30pm while Britain’s Got Talent will shift from 8.30pm – 9.45pm.

The Voice’s finalists will be determiend during a double bill of shows to be screened next Saturday and Sunday night.

Saturday’s show saw singer Jaz Ellington take the final spot on one of the teams, after reducing judges and Jessie J to tears with his performance.