Is The Voice going quiet?

The ratings bubble may have burst for The Voice, which failed to pass the two-million-viewer mark for the first time since it started five weeks ago.

The Nine Network's successful talent quest averaged around 2.5 million viewers each show during the blind auditions and battle rounds.

However, last night's second live show was well down on previous episodes with only 1.937 million viewers tuning in.

Executives at Nine will still be pleased though as The Voice finished well ahead of Seven News (1.421 million viewers).

The Seven Network's drama Revenge, which was up against the second hour of The Voice, was third with 1.353 million viewers, and Nine's other reality show, The Block, came in fourth with 1.322 million viewers.

Nine News (1.264 million) and A Current Affair (1.185 million) were fifth and sixth respectively while Today Tonight (1.177 million) was seventh.

After a sluggish start, the fourth season of MasterChef is starting to gain traction - last night the reality cooking show managed more than a million viewers giving it eighth place in the ratings.

The Force - Behind the Line with 1.019 million viewers was ninth and Home and Away (995,000) was 10th.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed MasterChef judges Gary Mehigan and chef George Calombaris and several contestants had a close shave in Italy, where the show was being filmed on location. 

Mehigan, Calombaris and several contestants who had won a challenge had been visiting a cheese factory in Parma, about 100km west of where a magnitude-6 earthquake struck at 4.04am local time on Sunday.

MasterChef's third judge Matt Preston had already returned to Australia, a Ten spokesman said.

The judges, crew and contestants had left Parma only a couple of hours before the quake struck.

The quake's epicentre was about 35km north of Bologna, but it was felt throughout the northeast of the peninsula.

A Ten spokesman said they were thankful not to be caught up in the disaster that has left seven people dead, dozens injured and toppled centuries-old buildings.

"We feel incredibly lucky to have moved out of the area before the earthquake hit," the spokesman said.

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