Saturday Night Takeaway pulled in its largest ever audience last night as millions tuned in to the last live episode of the series.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate our lives millions tuned into Ant and Dec last night in search for some escapism. It was the first time ever that the show had no studio audience but that didn’t stop most of the regular features going ahead.
Overnight ratings data shows that an average of 9.5 million viewers tuned into Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway from 7.00pm on ITV. It peaked at an astonishing 11 million viewers, making it the highest rated show of the night and the most watched show of 2020 so far.
Ant and Dec confirmed that next week’s finale will be recorded. The big finale was due to be taking place at Disneyland in Florida but due to the Coronavirus that was scrapped. After the show, the pair tweeted their thanks for those who watched.
“Wow! Overwhelmed by your lovely messages tonight. It was a privilege to be on air this evening. Stay safe everyone. Much love to you all.” – Ant McPartlin
With more people now at home following the closure of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs, viewing numbers for the main channels have seen a big increase. The Voice UK, which have seen its live shows postponed, pulled in its biggest figure of the series, with 4.8 million tuning in.
Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch announced that it wouldn’t be airing as listed today due to the coronavirus. In a tweet the show said they hope to be back live on Sunday’s “soon.” They added that they couldn’t record the show “without risk to our presenters and crew.”