Let It Shine BEAT The Voice 2017 in ratings!

Last night, The Voice UK made its debut on ITV – though it had of course previously aired on the BBC – while Let It Shine did likewise on BBC One.

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…

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?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.


  1. Brian on January 8, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Ironically the mention of Goodly promotional adverts was blocked by your ungodly page hijacking click bait pop up

    1. Lynn Rowlands on January 8, 2017 at 10:41 am

      I get how annoying ads can be, but as much as we love writing, we too have to eat, pay bills and generally speaking, live, so we have to fund that somehow, and ads are how we do that. So unless our readers want to pay to read our articles, then we have no choice. And actually, we have far less ads than most other sites do and our pages load a lot faster because of that. Anyway, thanks for visiting us 🙂

      1. Brian on January 10, 2017 at 11:45 am

        Ads don’t actually bother me Lynn – it’s the clickbait pop-ups with links to sites that are attempting to install all sorts of crap on my computer that annoy and as much as I understand your need to eat (and this is a general observation on many websites at the minute) you have a responsibility to your readers as to the content of these things – so many websites now allowing ad content agencies to display potentially dangerous (to one’s computer) and often inappropriate material

        Besides – I don’t care what the cast of Saved By The Bell look like now!

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