Ant and Dec's Takeaway smashes TV ratings

Ben Lee
Photo credit: ITV

From Digital Spy

There's no stopping Ant & Dec.

The popular duo dominated Saturday night TV ratings, as Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway managed some of their biggest numbers in recent years.

The show over the weekend averaged 7.3 million viewers (with a 36% audience share) and peaked at 8.1 million, according to ratings data cited in the Belfast Telegraph.

And this is despite the programme being cut short by half an hour because of the Six Nations rugby.

This series has been a big success, up year on year by 200,000 viewers.

Saturday's episode saw Hugh Bonneville as the guest announcer, with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby taking on Ant and Dec in 'Make 'Em Laugh'.

The score was tied at 3-3 after five rounds, but the This Morning presenters won the tiebreaker and collected the trophy.

The Best Seats in the House also visited Rome and Paris. And to Dec's surprise, people actually showed up at the locations.

Scarlett Moffatt was sent out of the studio to go and pick up an actual takeaway, and the episode closed with The End of the Show Show segment, as the audience were treated to Ant and Dec: The Musical.

But even though it had Stephen Mulhern dressed up as the Angel of the North, the musical went horribly wrong as the director took huge liberties with the facts.

Namely, Ant and Dec are not twins (even if some people can't seem to tell them apart), and Byker Grove wasn't a thing like Glee.

They won't be going to Broadway any time soon.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway airs on ITV.

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