RATINGS! Ant and Dec beat both The Voice UK and Let It Shine with big viewing figures

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Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway was the most watched show in last night's viewing figures.

The brand new series launched to a huge 7.4 million viewers between 7PM and 8:30PM, its best opening in years.


The rating is up 100,000 viewers on last year and is in fact the biggest opening number for the show since one of its original series back in 2004.

Saturday Night Takeaway peaked with just under 9 million viewers as it dominated the evening's ratings.

Over on BBC One, the Let It Shine final ended on a low with 4.11 million viewers, overlapping with Ant and Dec.

The talent show was down 200,000 viewers on last weekend as the winner was crowned in its series finale.

Meanwhile, following Saturday Night Takeaway, The Voice UK's marathon battle rounds also dropped to a series low with 5.2 million viewers.

The super long show ran all the way until 10:30PM which is sure to have dented numbers, despite not clashing with Let It Shine for the first time this year.

The number is down 200,000 viewers on the equivalent show on BBC One last year, also a series low at the time.


The Voice UK returns to ITV tonight for its first Sunday episode for this year's show.

Elsewhere last night, BBC's new drama series Taboo finished its run 300,000 viewers up on last week with 3.6 million while Casualty was steady with 4.7 million viewers.

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