Simon Cowell has congratulated Ant and Dec for beating The Voice in the ratings war.
The TV duo's ITV show, Saturday Night Takeaway, was watched by an average of around 7.2 million viewers on Saturday night, while 6.2 million clicked on to see Will.i.am, Jessie J, Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue judge the blind auditions in the new series of the BBC One singing competition, reported the Daily Mirror.
The Voice only had a surge of viewers when Ant and Dec's show ended, with a peak audience of 8.2 million by the end of the programme.
Simon, who appeared on Saturday Night Takeaway, tweeted: "Congrats boys in beating that other singing show in the ratings."
Despite the slow start, the BBC seemed happy with the show's performance, with a spokesperson saying: "It's a great start to the new series of The Voice UK with the highest peak audience of the night, with over eight million viewers, which grew throughout the show."
Simon - the TV mogul behind Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor - also revealed that fans will be pleased with the coming series of Britain's Got Talent, which will return to screens this month.
"I watched the first episode of Britain's Got Talent last night. Amazing. I think you are going to really like it," he tweeted.
Simon has returned to the BGT judging panel alongside David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.