BBC bosses could come under a little bit of pressure this week, after their first live The Voice show of the year brought in it’s lowest ratings yet, just days after the series was recommissioned for 2014.
The final twelve contestants each took to the stage on Friday night to perform for the voting public for the first time and four were eliminated at the end of the programme.
There were some amazing performances, some hilarious moments and some emotional goodbyes but all that TV gold wasn’t enough to draw viewers in and the talent show attracted an average of 4.21m for the main programme, with even less people tuning in for the later results show.
It is thought that the Beeb has committed at least £11 million to the next series of the singing show, with coaches such as will.i.am and Tom Jones being paid up to £500,000 each to take part.
A source told The Sun that questions are going to be asked about whether or not the channel is getting a return on that money and one said:
“Questions are going to be asked about why it was deemed a good idea to fork out £11million on a show when ratings are falling through the floor.
“After making the decision to pay such a vast sum, everyone would have been desperately hoping for decent viewing figures on Friday. But to come in at an average of 4.21million then slip even further to 3.91million is a huge embarrassment.”
The embarrassment is even greater, when the numbers are compared to the viewing figures of Britain’s Got Talent. The final of the ITV show aired on Saturday night and the programme attracted a bumper audience of 13 million. The insider continued:
“To put that in context, Saturday’s Britain’s Got Talent final was watched by a peak of 13.1million people.
“The Beeb may not be a commercial company, but it still needs to be able to justify the money it spends as a decent investment.”
However a BBC spokesperson claimed that they are unconcerned about the apparent dip, because – as Lord Alan Sugar keeps protesting when questioned about The Apprentice’s dipping ratings – they say many more people view the show later, after it first airs. The official said:
“The figures are obviously disappointing — but when we work out how many people watched on catch-up and BBC iPlayer, the ratings will rise considerably.”
The news isn’t all bad for The Voice team though because it seems it’s hopefuls are already making an impact on the music industry.
Leah McFall won Will.i.am’s second save of the series on Friday night, as he fast passed her to the semi finals and the good news continued when it was revealed yesterday that she had won a place in the UK Top 20 chart.
The Northern Irish singer has already beaten last year’s winner Leanne Mitchell, who failed to make the top 40 with her winner’s single, as McFall’s version of I Will Survive charted at 16 in Sunday’s chart, having only been released for little over 24 hours.
Leah wowed the audience with her stripped back and changed up version of the disco classic and won high praise from all the coaches for her efforts.
The tune is currently in the top five in the iTunes and Amazon download charts after all of Friday’s performances were released following the live show. The tracks are priced at 59p with at least 20p going towards the BBC’s Performing Arts Fund.
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