The Nightly Show’s Dermot O’Leary hailed as ‘the best host yet’ as viewers warm up to ITV chat show

Ben Travis
TV saviour: could Dermot O'Leary rescue the fortunes of The Nightly Show?: ITV

After a troubled few weeks The Nightly Show might have found its ideal presenter, according to some viewers.

The ITV late night chat show, which has been hit by much criticism at its launch, has displaced the News at Ten for celebrity interviews and comedy sketches.

The first two weeks, hosted by David Walliams and John Bishop, were widely criticised, with Davina McCall receiving slightly more positive feedback despite falling ratings.

Now ITV have brought in their safest pair of hands, X Factor stalwart Dermot O’Leary, and it appears to be working.

The host’s launch episode, which followed the latest instalment of Broadchurch, saw viewers actively praise the show on Twitter, with one saying O’Leary is ‘by far the best host’ the series has had.

Another labelled him ‘a natural’, saying ‘he could just rescue’ the entire show.

Still, not everyone is won over by the show itself – even if Dermot is a marked improvement.

In the show’s opening week, David Walliams pulled in an average of 1.74 million viewers across five days, while John Bishop drew 1.69 million on average the week after.

Davina McCall’s hosting stint saw viewers fall to an average of 1.26 million.

Next week will see celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay take over presenting duties.

ITV, 10pm

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