Simon Cowell gloats after ITV beat The Voice UK in ratings battle

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell has been quick to gloat about ITV beating The Voice 2013 in the ratings at the weekend.

Simon featured alongside the Geordie duo on Saturday night's show, which triumphed over the return of The Voice by comfortable margin, according to early overnight data.

Saturday evening saw the return of The Voice UK to BBC One and it went up against Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway at 7PM.

The Voice UK averaged 6.24 million for its bumper opening episode between, peaking with over 8.1 million viewers.

It was well down on last year's opening, with the first episode of The Voice 2012 interesting an average of 8.43 million.

Ant and Dec meanwhile saw an average audience of over 6.7 million viewers last night, climbing to a peak of just under 7 million.

Simon tweeted his thoughts this evening, writing online: "Congrats boys in beating that other singing show in the ratings."

A spokesperson for the BBC said it was happy with the show's opening night ratings.

They commented yesterday: "Its a great start to the new series of The Voice UK with the highest peak audience of the night with over 8 million viewers, which grew throughout the show.

"Stay tuned as there's lots more to come in the Blind Auditions next week."

The Voice UK and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway both continue next Saturday, before the return of Britain's Got Talent with Simon Cowell in a couple of weeks will see a new weekend ratings battle shaping up.

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