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.
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.
Dermot is by far the best #thenightlyshow host. Just need a new scriptwriter and it could be painless to watch— JONNY (@GoodForJonny) March 20, 2017
I think #thenightlyshow has found its presenter. Dermot O'Leary can actually talk to the guests, entertain and make it more enjoyable.— Ryan (@Ry_tothe_an) March 20, 2017
Still, not everyone is won over by the show itself – even if Dermot is a marked improvement.
Dermot is trying but I really think the monologue isn't pacey enough - doesn't help the background is boring to look at #Thenightlyshow— Andre. (@OnlyOnge) March 20, 2017
Dermot has been the best so far hosting #thenightlyshow but it's still strained and painful to watch— Dylan Jones (@DylanJones_90) March 20, 2017
Even Dermot can't rescue this show. Terrible format, poor writing and awful guests #thenightlyshow— Louise (@louisekblue) March 20, 2017
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.