Both shows aired in primetime slots, with Let It Shine kicking off at 7pm and The Voice UK at 8pm. However, as Let It Shine aired until 8.25pm, obviously there was a 25-minute overlap.
So we would guess that anyone who’d tuned in to Let It Shine probably recorded the first 25-minutes of The Voice. And if they did, they’d have had the added bonus of being able to fast-forward through a goodly proportion of the adverts to boot.
But of course, no doubt there are some clenched buttocks behind the scenes at both the BBC and ITV today during the wait for the facts and figures about last night’s viewer ratings data.
However, the fact is, regardless of what the figures actually are, they are open to interpretation…
There’s +1 channels to take into account, and catch-up services and all manner of ‘on demand’ shenanigans. Therefore, put the right spin on numbers and waffle a bit, and unless you’re Carol Vorderman, the figures probably don’t really mean much anyway.
Unless that is you are Richard Osman; then it’s different…
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) January 8, 2017
Which brings me damn near seamlessly to my theory that for those of us who aren’t geniuses, Twitter tends to be a pretty good indicator as to how a show is being received…
And of Let It Shine, one viewer tweeted, “#letitshine what a really good show, I’m fed up with talent shows, X Factor’s so false now but this show’s different. Well done the Barlow.”
Other Let It Shine fans were delighted that former X Factor judge Dannii Minogue was back on telly, with one tweeting, “Yaaaaaaaaay @danniiminogue back on Saturday night TV. This is going to be gooooooooood.”
Meanwhile, of The Voice, one fan wrote online, “Have to say #thevoiceuk last night was well worth a watch , vast improvement, till on next week x”
However, one change to the format of the show now it’s on ITV is that if the coaches don’t press their buzzers for an act, their chairs don’t spin at the end of the audition.
Of that, one viewer tweeted, “Wow they don’t even turn around at the end and give feedback anymore? Brutal #TheVoice.”
But what did you think of both shows? And if you could only watch one, which would it be?