The Voice UK Kicks Off With Over Eight Million Viewers

The Voice UK saw ratings reach over eight million last night as the singing competition welcomed new singing hopefuls as well as its two new judges, Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson.

On the night Kylie and Ricky made their debut on the panel, it was revealed that audiences reached 8.4 million between 7pm and 8.30pm on Saturday – 2.1m more than tuned in to the first show in 2013.

But the peak rating for the show puts even it’s 8.4m to shame, rising to an impressive 10.6m viewers as the early stages of the talent show commenced.

Kaiserchiefs frontman Ricky Wilson joins Kylie as another judging newbie  (WENN)

The new series spectacular ratings could also be a result of the BBC’s decision to move it to January, meaning it no longer faces competition from the likes of Britain’s Got Talent.

The show’s previous two series saw ratings struggle to compete with the popular ITV show causing the BBC to move it to a different time slot last year.

However, it was bad news for diving TV show Splash! – which was screened at the same time as the singing competition – as it saw ratings plummet to 3.2m.

The ITV diving show lost over one million viewers from last Saturday night’s opening round. Last night’s episode saw Boyzone’s Keith Duffy, TV presenters Anna Williamson and Paul Ross, pop star Toyah Willcox and rugby ace Martin Offiah take to the diving board to show off their skills.

Despite the The Voice’s impressive ratings however, the show has been known to see ratings slide once it’s initial blind auditions are over.

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