The Voice UK ratings 'a big relief' says BBC One boss

The Voice UK

BBC One boss Danny Cohen has said that The Voice UK's huge ratings have been 'a big relief', having invested £22 million in the show.

He confessed that the show was a gamble, and waiting for news of the ratings when the show started against Britain's Got Talent was a 'nerve-racking' experience.

Fortunately the new weekend reality series launched with 8 million viewers last month, and has grown every week to peak with close to 11 million last Saturday.

"I don't think you could do a show on the BBC where people were being laughed at and humiliated," he said this week.

The Beeb boss added: "The combination of the warmer tone and the fact it's focused on talent rather than that comedy aspect was the reason I thought it had a chance of working on BBC One."

The success of the show will also see it air on Sunday's from this weekend forward, with a 30 minute results show airing from 7:30PM.

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