The One Show ratings boosted by arrival of new presenters

Alex Jones and Jason Manford - BBCThe debut of new presenters Alex Jones and Jason Manford boosted the ratings for BBC One’s magazine programme The One Show last night as over 4 million viewers tuned in.

 

Jason Manford and Alex JonesThe debut of new presenters Alex Jones and Jason Manford boosted the ratings for BBC One’s magazine programme The One Show last night as over 4 million viewers tuned in. The duo are replacements for Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles whose high profile departures earlier this year prompted the BBC to search for new talent for The One Show. Chiles and Bleakley have both departed the corporation to helm ITV’s new breakfast programme Daybreak when it launches in September – they will also, separately, fronted other programming for ITV. Alex Jones and Jason Manford made their debut last night as the new faces of The One Show and unsurprising it boosted ratings with viewers no doubt interested to see if the duo work or not. According to overnight ratings 4.5 million viewers tuned in for the edition which had special guest star Whoopi Goldberg talk about her role in the West End musical Sister Act – the actress appeared in the Hollywood films of the same name.

 

The boost in ratings for The One Show will no doubt reassure BBC bosses. Elsewhere last night Emmerdale, opposite the magazine programme, had 6.2 million viewers winning the 7pm slot with BBC One in second. Later in the evening BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are?, which featured Spooks actor Rupert Penry-Jones as he traced his family back to India, had 5.2 million viewers. At the same time on BBC Two Dragons Den had 2.8 million viewers while ITV1 lagged behind with 2.7 million viewers for Real Crime with Mark Austin – giving BBC Two a rare ratings victory of ITV.