I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here’s 2020 opening week viewing figures have seen a rise of around one million per night in the ITV1 show’s first four episodes.
Since Sunday night’s launch up to Wednesday’s episode, each night has seen a rise of an average of one million viewers compared to 2019’s first four days.
The show has made an historic move from the Australian jungle to a Welsh castle, and in doing so popularity appears to have soared.
Last year’s opening episode garnered 9.95million, while Sunday night’s Welsh debut opened to an impressive 10.91million across its 9pm to 10.30pm slot.
Amazing! I’m A Celebrity’s 2020’s opening week viewing figures have seen a rise of around 1million per night, in the opening four episodes
The launch episode saw the show’s biggest audience since the 2018 final and made the show the most-watched non-news programme of 2020, getting its biggest ever young audience in the 16 to 34 bracket.
More than half the available audience watched the launch, meaning the numbers were an increase of a million viewers compared with last year.
In its 18 year history, the episode was the fifth biggest launch ever, and the subsequent episodes have seen a steady rise ever since.
The peak number of viewers was 11.7million at 9.15-9.30pm – beating the Queen’s Covid broadcast and Gavin And Stacey Christmas Special.
Oh dear… Since Sunday night’s launch up to Wednesday’s episode, each night has seen a rise of an average of one million viewers compared to 2019’s first four days (last year’s winner Jacqueline Jossa)
It’s here! I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! kicked off its first ever UK-based series on Sunday , with the ten celebrities reaching their new home at Gwrych Castle for the first time
OPENING WEEK VIEWING FIGURES: 2020 vs. 2019
Monday saw 10.04million tune in, compared to last year’s second episode which garnered 9.04million, while episode three this year gained 9.40million while last year’s third episode had 9.04million.
The fourth episode, which aired on Thursday, saw 8.84million viewers while episode four in 2019 garnered 8.05million viewers.
This years’s show has been moved from the Australian jungle to Gwyrch Castle in Wales, due to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hosts Ant and Dec were quick to reference the show’s new home by greeting fans in Welsh, and joked that even ‘the helicopters were socially-distanced’ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The opening show saw celebrities including Vernon Kay, Beverley Callard and Mo Farah face a gruelling challenge as they journeyed into the castle, before taking on their first ever trial Gates From Hell.
As the show kicked off, hosts Ant and Dec appeared to be embracing the Welsh language as they greeted fans with ‘noswaith dda’ (good evening) from their new home in the castle, admitting even they were surprised the show had made it to air during the current crisis.
The show favourite to win is Shane Richie this year, while last year’s winner was EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa, who triumphed over Andy Whyment.
Despite success in the ratings, the opening show prompted 134 Ofcom complaints when Sunday saw 10 celebrities battle windswept Wales to get to the castle.
That’s nasty: Complainants wrote to Ofcom amid feelings that a scene in which DJ Jordan North was violently sick over a cliff shouldn’t have been aired, while others complained over the show’s treatment of animals
Complainants wrote to Ofcom amid feelings that a scene in which DJ Jordan North was violently sick over a cliff shouldn’t have been aired, while others complained over the show’s treatment of animals.
Ofcom revealed 50 viewers had complained about the stomach-churning scenes, while 54 complaints had been recorded to date about the treatment of animals, including the meals for camp which so far have comprised of eel and rabbit.
The other thirty complaints were for various other reasons, with Ofcom to release the breakdown of their weekly audience complaints report on Wednesday.
They’ve made it! As they headed into the castle for the first time, the ten stars got a glimpse of their living quarters for the next 20 days
It’s a hit! The launch, which saw 10 celebrities battle windswept Wales to get to Gwyrch Castle, garnered a record number of 12million viewers tuning in
The complaints come after the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals criticised the show. The RSPCA said they have ‘ concerns’ about the use of live animals in the Trials as the series takes place in the UK this year for the first time.
On Monday’s episode, Jordan and Shane both took part in The Viper Vault trial with more than fifty snakes. While on Sunday, several campers participated in the Gates To Hell trial which saw them showered with cockroaches, mealworms and crickets.
The RSPCA released a statement, saying: ‘Since I’m a Celebrity was first aired, animals have been dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences.
Starring role: Vernon Kay is one of the stars of this year’s show