The Chase has broken a ratings record as the show has achieved its highest-ever overnight ratings.
TVZone has reported that the popular ITV game show, which is hosted by Bradley Walsh, scored its biggest ever audience for the episode which aired yesterday (January 4) at 5pm, attracting an average of 5.05 million viewers.
This new record continues The Chase's daytime ratings success, after it set two new records on two consecutive days in November.
The Chase, which has been a constant presence on our screens since 2009, recently introduced a new Chaser in the form of neuroscientist – and one-time Chase contestant – Darragh 'The Menace' Ennis.
Ennis has joined fellow Chasers Mark 'The Beast' Labbett, Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty, Jenny 'The Vixen' Ryan, Shaun 'The Dark Destroyer' Wallace and Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha.
Ennis has revealed that he has been subject to trolling since joining the show, although his fellow Chaser Jenny Ryan has been helping him through it.
"It's not nice, very unpleasant, the people trolling you," he said. "But [Jenny's] been very good with me, especially with social media at the start so I don't get swamped. Because it's been a bit of a mad few days."
Another star of the show, Anne Hegerty, has also admitted that she had mixed feelings about a new Chaser joining their ranks, saying that the Chasers are paid "a flat fee" for each episode that they appear in.
"Any show that I am doing is a show I am paid for, and the other Chasers aren't, and that applies to all of us," she said. "If you are going to divide the shows between six, rather than five, do the maths."
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV. Beat the Chasers continues tonight (January 5) at 9pm on ITV.
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