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Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary ‘BOOST This Morning’s Friday viewing figures by 44 per cent’

Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary have reportedly boosted This Morning’s Friday viewing figures by 44 per cent.

It’s claimed that the former Big Brother star, 45, and the X-Factor host, 47, have averaged 1.3million viewers during their debut month at the helm, after replacing show stalwarts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes after 14 years. 

The news comes as ITV came under fire for having no women hosts fronting gameshows or quizzes, despite airing 20 episodes of the genres between this Saturday and next Friday.

Success! Alison Hammond, 45, and Dermot O’Leary, 47, have reportedly boosted This Morning’s Friday viewing figures by 44 per cent

According to The Mirror, the new presenting duo who took over on January 8 have pulled in 44 per cent more viewers than Fridays in January 2020.

The publication claims that Alison and Dermot’s episodes have averaged 1.3million viewers and pulled in 21 per cent of the available TV audience.

However, according to reports from The Sun  earlier this month, Ruth and Eamonn had a bigger audience share of 23 per cent compared to their successor’s 21 per cent.

MailOnline has contacted ITV representatives for comment. 

Oh dear! The news comes as ITV came under fire for having no women hosts fronting gameshows or quizzes

Oh dear! The news comes as ITV came under fire for having no women hosts fronting gameshows or quizzes

Not too shabby! It's claimed that the former Big Brother star and the X-Factor host have averaged 1.3million viewers during their debut month at the helm of This Morning on Fridays

Not too shabby! It’s claimed that the former Big Brother star and the X-Factor host have averaged 1.3million viewers during their debut month at the helm of This Morning on Fridays

Replaced! The duo replaced show stalwarts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes after 14 years

Replaced! The duo replaced show stalwarts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes after 14 years

Alison and Dermot’s debut show left viewers split as many claims the gaffe-ridden show was ‘like a kids’ programme,’ with one even comparing their ‘stilted’ chemistry to the 2001 pairing of Coleen Nolan and Twiggy. 

Eamonn and Ruth appeared on screen for their last show in December, during which he made a dig about bosses ‘getting rid’ of them during a chat about discounted trees, before the pair both grew emotional while saying goodbye. 

Eamonn and Ruth will remain with ITV to host This Morning from Monday to Thursday during the schools’ six-week summer holiday. 

Hosting duties: Ruth and Eamonn had filled in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Fridays for 15 years

Hosting duties: Ruth and Eamonn had filled in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Fridays for 15 years

News about the success of Alison and Dermot on Fridays comes as ITV was criticised over the lack of women presenters fronting gameshows and quizzes.

The men fronting such genres for the channel, includes The Chase’s Bradley Walsh, Tipping Point’s Ben Shephard, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s Jeremy Clarkson, Lingo’s Adil Ray, Catchphrase’s Stephen Mulhern and Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown.

Earlier this week, Michael Kelpie, managing director of TV production company Potato which makes The Chase, was asked about the lack of women hosting gameshows on British television. 

Yikes! News of Alison and Dermot's success comes as ITV was criticised over the lack of women hosts fronting gameshows and quizzes (Pictured: Catchphrase host Stephen Mulhern)

Yikes! News of Alison and Dermot’s success comes as ITV was criticised over the lack of women hosts fronting gameshows and quizzes (Pictured: Catchphrase host Stephen Mulhern)

Another man: The men fronting such genres for the channel, includes  Who Wants To Be A Millionaire's Jeremy Clarkson

Another man: The men fronting such genres for the channel, includes  Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s Jeremy Clarkson

Where are the women? The Million Pound Cube is hosted by Phillip Schofield

Where are the women? The Million Pound Cube is hosted by Phillip Schofield

Loose Women presenter Charlene White pointed out: ‘Women do like gameshows too and there’s not many women.’ 

Mr Kelpie insisted: ‘We have been trying to find a combination of a female host and the right format for about two years. And we are going to keep going until we get it, and I know other producers are doing this as well.’

A BBC source told The Mirror: ‘We are pushing towards a 50-50 split which is a far cry from ITV who have got a long way to go.

‘It’s crazy that in this day and age, they have such a male-dominated schedule.’ 

Other channels still have work to do: Anne Robinson presented BBC's The Weakest Link

Representing: Davina MCCall was the host of Channel 4's The £100,000 Drop

Other channels still have work to do: Anne Robinson presented BBC’s The Weakest Link while Davina MCCall was the host of Channel 4’s The £100,000 Drop

But a source at ITV told the publication: ‘We do have female presenters on daytime and entertainment shows outside of quizzes and we have been piloting some quizzes that have female hosts.

‘We are always looking for new quiz ideas and we are actively looking to have a range of strong hosts.’ 

Pilots supposedly being considered pilots are thought to include Alison Hammond hosting an ITV reboot of Wheel of Fortune. 


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