Only 300,000 viewers separated the big new Saturday night entertainment launches, with Let It Shine narrowly beating The Voice UK on ITV
The new Saturday night battle for viewers’ attention was so close it could almost be called a draw, with BBC1’s new singing contest Let It Shine (pictured) drawing an average audience of 6.3 million and The Voice UK on ITV attracting 6 million.
Both shows were well above their channels’ averages for the slots on a Saturday night.
But Broadcast reports that both shows were below the 7.1 million who watched the first episode of the previous series of The Voice on BBC1, which subsequently moved to ITV.
The shows were relatively evenly matched when they clashed between 8-8.25pm. Let It Shine won the first 15 minutes before The Voice dominated the last 10 minutes.
Good news also for Tom Hardy’s new period thriller Taboo, which launched on Saturday night and attracted 4.8 million viewers and a 23 per cent share of the entire watching audience.
Taboo was created by Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight and produced by Ridley Scott.