The Voice 2013 UK ratings rise, but still beaten by Ant and Dec

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There's good news for The Voice 2013 bosses this morning, as the ratings for the show rose after last week's launch.

However the BBC One series was still beaten by ITV and the final episode of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

The second blind auditions episode from The Voice averaged 6.43 million viewers, up just under 200,000 viewer on last week's premiere.

The peak was also up from 8 million to an impressive 8.8 million viewers once the competition on ITV finished.

While up on last week however the rating again was well down on last year's first series equivalent instalment, which had over 9 million viewers.

Over on ITV and Ant and Dec's last in the series episode of Saturday Night Takeaway attracted 6.77 million viewers, also up on last week.

Including those catching up on +1, Ant and Dec’s show - which will return in 2014 - was watched by an average of over 7.3 million viewers, with a huge peak audience of more than 8 million once again.

With Saturday Night Takeaway now over for another series, next weekend will see the return of Britain's Got Talent.

The Simon Cowell reality show will go head to head with The Voice on Saturday evening, although the BBC's quick scheduling changes will see them get a 15 minute head-start on their rivals, with The Voice kicking off at 6:45PM.

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