BBC's 'The Voice UK' Hits Season-Low Ratings With First Live Show

The average audience of 6.2 million for the first live episode of season three was up from the previous season though.

LONDON – The Voice UK’s first live show of the season on Saturday night drew higher ratings for the BBC than last year’s equivalent episode, but viewership fell to a season low.

The third season of the singing competition has drawn better audience figures for BBC One, the flagship channel of the U.K. public broadcaster, with observers crediting the addition ‎of Kylie Minogue to the judging panel.

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Saturday’s first live show of the year reached an average of 6.2 million viewers though, down more than half a million from the previous weekend and a new low for the current season.

The figure came in about 2 million viewers above last year’s first live show though, which had aired in an irregular Friday spot. The first live show of 2014 also brought in a peak audience of more than 7 million viewers.

The audience for the BBC singing show came in just below Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV, which reached 6.49 million average viewers when including people who watched live or caught an immediate repeat., Tom Jones and Kaiser Chiefs lead singer Ricky Wilson round out the coaching team of The Voice UK.

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