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The Voice Flattens American Idol, X Factor USA With Staggering Ratings Win

Christina, Cee Lo, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton also performed

By Shaun Kitchener on Tuesday 7th February 2012 Photo by WENN.com

US singing contest The Voice absolutely annihilated American Idol and The X Factor USA in the ratings on Sunday night when it returned for its second season.

The show, featuring Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as judges, pulled in the highest viewing figures for any non-sports-related broadcast in SIX YEARS, achieving a gargantuan total of 37.6 million viewers.

The figure is significantly higher than American Idol's latest season premiere, which attracted 21.93 million viewers on January 18, and more than triple The X Factor USA's inaugral outing, which mustered 12.49 million on September 21 last year.

The Voice was given a huge leg-up by its timeslot, which saw it broadcast immediately after the Super Bowl.

The episode kicked off with a barn-storming group performance by all four judges, which saw Christina rock the leather look.

The news will no doubt worry Simon Cowell, who will be desperate to bring up the X Factor's viewing numbers on both sides of the Atlantic. And with The Voice due to launch in the UK in the coming months, is his talent show reign in danger?

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