The Voice gets beaten by a bird singing on another show

THE Voice has been dealt another blow in the ratings war after being beaten by another bird singing on a BBC1 show – a SKYLARK on Countryfile.

The telly wildlife favourite got Voice bosses in a flap as it pulled it a peak of 6.8million viewers at 6.25pm.

The Voice could only pitch in with 6.3million when it aired straight after Countryfile at 7.25pm – as hundreds of thousands of people at home switched OFF.

More viewers tuned in to see Chris Packham and Jeremy Clarkson dissect owl DROPPINGS, rather than find out the fate of hopefuls on the flailing BBC1 singing contest – which cost the Beeb £22million to produce.

Last night the team on Countryfile visited Dumfries and Galloway to launch their annual photography competition, Adam Henson explored breeds of cattle native to Gloucestershire and Tom Heap looked into why young people today pursue a farming career.

Even Voice host Holly Willoughby’s sexy curves couldn’t ruffle Countryfile’s feathers as viewers preferred to watch nature-loving presenters — including Ellie Harrison and John Craven — wrapped up in waterproofs and wearing wellies.


Since the end of The Voice’s blind auditions, which pulled in a peak of more than 11million viewers, ratings have nosedived.

However, show bosses can take some comfort as they beat Countryfile with their average figure throughout the show. The Voice had an average of 5.8million, whereas Countryfile only scored an average of 5.7million.

Pop princesses Kylie Minogue and Cheryl Cole have been drafted in to perform in the semi-final of The Voice in a bid to boost audience figures.

Last week ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent went out with a bang pulling in just under 14 million viewers.


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