The Chase breaks two ratings records

Catherine Earp
·2-min read
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Photo credit: ITV

From Digital Spy

The Chase may have been on screens for 11 years, but it's showing no signs of slowing down.

The Bradley Walsh-fronted show set a record for its most-watched show ever on November 18 bringing in 4.8 million viewers.

But the next day, it broke that record again by attracting 4.9 million viewers on November 19.

It means the show was the biggest Daytime programme on TV across all channels so far this year, not counting news shows, coronavirus briefings and sport.

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Photo credit: ITV

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On both days more than a third (34%) of TV viewers tuned in to watch the show.

The Chase recently brought in new Chaser Darragh Ennis to join the current line-up of Mark 'The Beast' Labbett, Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty, Jenny 'The Vixen' Ryan, Shaun 'The Dark Destroyer' Wallace and Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha.

During a first-look clip from his debut show, host Bradley asked Darragh what he did for a living.

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Photo credit: ITV

"I'm a neuroscientist. We figure out how brains develop, how they work, how memories are formed, but at a molecular level," he explained.

"So we use microscopes all the time, we use spectrometers all the time."

Rather than giving him a warm welcome, Bradley quipped: "Welcome to the show... but BORING!"

Darragh previously appeared on the show as a contestant in 2017.

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Photo credit: ITV

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Paul Sinha responded to the news saying: "The night before the producers told us, Anne and Mark and I sat at dinner and pondered 'Could it be a former contestant?'

"I said, 'If it is, the best player I faced was an Irish guy who looked a bit like Micky Flanagan'. Welcome to the club mate."

The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.

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