The 1% Club's ITV return confirmed after show 'axed' to avoid BBC ratings war

ITV's The 1% Club
ITV's The 1% Club -Credit:ITV

It has been confirmed that The 1% Club will be back screens this weekend, after its 'cancellation' last weekend, when it was taken off air to avoid a ratings clash with the BBC.

One of, if not THE biggest quiz show on British TV right now, The 1% Club has been a consistent ratings winner for ITV. With comedian Lee Mack at the helm, the programme is watched by millions week in, week out, so it came as little surprise that it was recommissioned for a third run.

And, in contrast to the first two runs of The 1% Club, the new season has double the amount of episodes, 16 to the eight of the first two, which made it all the more confusing for fans that it wasn't on in its usual time slot on Saturday, May 11. Instead, with Britain's Got Talent also missing in action, ITV decided to air Bond film Casino Royale in their place.

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The reason fort the shake-up to the primetime schedule was to shy away from going head to head with BBC One, who were showing the final of the Eurovision Song Contest at exactly the same time, with the coverage running from 8pm right through to midnight. In the past, ITV has been soundly beaten on the same night, but fans of The 1% Club, who had no intention of watching Eurovision, were frustrated that their favourite show was pulled cause of it.

One took to X (Twitter) to blast:"@ITV shame on you taking off the 1% Club trying to take the viewers off the eurovision putting crap James bond on. Well, there should be no such upset this weekend as The 1% Club will be on at 8.50pm on Saturday, May 18, right after the latest episode of Britain's Got Talent.