After eight magical (and frustrating) weeks, The Nightly Show is saying goodbye for now by bringing back one of its most popular hosts.
ITV's controversial late-night experiment concludes its limited run this week with the return of X Factor legend Dermot O'Leary to (hopefully) see The Nightly Show out in style.
When he first turned up in March, The Nightly Show was desperately trying to rebound after earning scathing reviews and sliding ratings for previous weeks hosted by David Walliams, John Bishop and Davina McCall.
Dermot righted the ship by most accounts and even delivered The Nightly Show's one genuinely poignant moment as he paid tribute to the people of London one night after the Westminster terror attack.
With the likes of Ant & Dec backing Dermie to take over The Nightly Show time if ITV decides to bring it back, he returned to the airwaves tonight in an attempt to recapture the magic with guests Lee Mack and Eamonn Holmes.
However, the situation was a bit different this time around as viewers genuinely agreed that his two most recent predecessors - Bradley Walsh and Jason Manford - both impressed. Could he keep the momentum going?
Dermot O'Leary is the best presenter yet on #thenightlyshow - very comfortable in the role- Angela (@angelaL0001) April 17, 2017
Of course he's back by popular demand.... It's Dermot O'leary 😍😍😍 #thenightlyshow- Mesha Williams 🐦 (@MeshaWillyarms) April 17, 2017
Dermot is getting this right because he knows it isn't about him #TheNightlyShow- Rob Hailstone (@RobcHailstone) April 17, 2017
The smart-asses are back too:
A rather mixed reaction this time...
Dermot will be hosting the series all this week, before it's rested by ITV. If The Nightly Show does return, there are reports that it could be moved to 10.30pm in hopes of sidestepping another round of outrage over the ITV News at Ten being bumped.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves - The Nightly Show continues on Tuesday (April 18) at 10pm on ITV.
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