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Ant and Dec triumph over Mel and Sue in ratings war

Ant and Dec triumph over Mel and Sue in ratings war

Ant and Dec have continued to triumph over fellow presenting double act Mel and Sue in the TV ratings.

Former Great British Bake Off stars Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are fronting BBC One’s Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief on Saturday nights, while Ant and Dec are hosting Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV.

Mel and Sue.
Mel and Sue (BBC/PA)

The BBC One show, in which celebrities perform as music stars to raise money for charity, pulled in an average of 3.4 million viewrs, peaking at 3.6 million.

On ITV, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was watched by 6.8 million viewers with a peak of 7.7 million.

The two shows went head-to-head for an hour for the second consecutive week, with Saturday Night Takeaway broadcast from 7pm to 8.30pm and Mel and Sue’s Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief airing from 6.45pm to 8pm.

Meanwhile, The Voice, on ITV, had an average of 4.6 million viewers and a peak of 5 million when it aired later in the evening.

ITV’s figures include catch-up channel +1.