Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby to go head-to-head in ratings war – Daily TV round-up

'This Morning' hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are to go head-to-head in a BBC versus ITV ratings war.

The pair will host programmes on opposing channels when Schofield returns to 'The Cube' on 14 April, while Willoughby will be presenting 'The Voice' live results show.

The BBC and ITV are warring over the prime time ratings, with ‘The Voice, which Holly defected to from ‘Dancing On Ice’, clashing with ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ on Saturday nights.

A source told The Mirror that 'this smacks of desperation. They are running scared and to pit Phillip against Holly is the last throw of the dice'.

“They are going to any lengths to beat 'The Voice' and damage its ratings but they are on a losing wicket,” they added.

So far 'The Voice' has been winning in the ratings when it crosses over with 'Britain's Got Talent' on ITV, by around two million viewers.

But 'BGT' is still winning overall, receiving 9.9 million viewers to 'The Voice's nine million. [The Mirror]

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