RATINGS! The Voice UK drops to series low in new time slot

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The Voice UK dropped to a series low in last night's viewing figures (Saturday, March 24).

Olly Murs joins The Voice this year alongside returning coaches Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson.

The latest episode on Saturday night aired in a new time slot, replacing Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway for this weekend.

An average of 4.1 million viewers (including ITV+1) tuned in for the second of the two knock out episodes. The numbers were down 600,000 week-on-week with a peak audience of 4.5 million.

The time change seemed to catch viewers out, with numbers starting at 3.3 million at 7PM but rising to more than 4.5 million by 9PM.

The Voice UK will move back to its usual start time of 8:30PM next Saturday, as Takeaway returns minus Ant.

Dec said in the week: "Whilst I never thought I'd be in this position, after much discussion and careful consideration we've decided that the remaining two shows of this series of Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead.

"We made a promise to take hundreds of deserving winners to Florida to watch the series finale, and we will honour that.

"Everyone at ITV and the Takeaway team feels we owe it to the audience to complete the series."

Over on BBC One, Pointless Celebrities topped the night with 4.1 million, up 400,000 viewers on last Saturday and just a smidgen above The Voice.

Casualty had 4 million, up 300,000 on last weekend, following the return of Who Dares Win which 3.6 million viewers.

New drama Troy: Fall of a City was up to 1.5 million from the previous week's series low figure of 1.3 million. The eight part series opened last month with a figure of 3.2 million.

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