Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly welcomed some astonishing viewer ratings on Saturday Night Takeaway yesterday (March 21).
Thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, the live show didn't include an audience for the very first time, but this actually ended up working wonders for several ITV titles.
Sitting atop the chart for viewing numbers yesterday, Saturday Night Takeaway reeled in an average 9.5 million fans, which broke the show's own record and became the largest overnight draw on any channel so far this year.
Considering the show has been running for 16 series since its first in 2002, this is an incredible feat, under incredible circumstances.
These viewing figures were a 39% increase on the series average, but these statistics also bode well for the show which followed: The Voice UK.
Featuring coaches will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, Olly Murs and Meghan Trainor, the singing contest also had its highest audience of the series, with 4.8 million pairs of eyes tuned in.
With the coronavirus pandemic settling in for the foreseeable future, these numbers will probably remain sky high.
Saturday Night Takeaway returns next week (March 28) on ITV.
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