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I’m A Celebrity scores the biggest overall audience for an opening episode

I’m A Celebrity scores the biggest overall audience for an opening episode in its 20 series history as new figures show 14.3 MILLION tuned in

Newly released figures show the 2020 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here has been one of the most watched in the show’s 20 series history. 

The 2020 series launched with 14.3 million viewers on Sunday November 15 – its biggest ever overall audience for the opening episode of the long-running series.

The first show of the 2020 series consolidated to an audience of 13.8m TV viewers [52% audience share] over the first seven days of its availability, the new figures show.  

They’re a hit! Newly released figures show the 2020 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here has been one of the most watched in the show’s 20 series history

Last year’s opening episode garnered 9.95million 

With 0.5m viewers watching via non-TV devices in 2020, the total reached 14.3m viewers. 

This is the biggest show of the year outside news specials – and ITV’s biggest audience since the Croatia v England World Cup Semi-Final in 2018.

And the audience drew the second highest ever TV audience for the show with the 2004 series finale, when Kerry Katona was crowned Queen of the jungle, earning the most watched crown with 14.1m TV viewers.

Lockdown triumph: The 2020 series launched with 14.3 million viewers on Sunday November 15 - its biggest ever overall audience for the opening episode of the long-running series

Lockdown triumph: The 2020 series launched with 14.3 million viewers on Sunday November 15 – its biggest ever overall audience for the opening episode of the long-running series 

The show attracted its third highest ever share of younger viewers with an average of 3.7m 16-34 year-old and a 75% audience share. 

This was the biggest 16-34 audience of the year across all channels and ITV’s biggest 16-34 audience since the 2018 launch of I’m A Celebrity. 

More than half the available audience watched the launch, meaning the numbers were an increase of a million viewers compared with last year.

Amazing! The show's opening week viewing figures saw a rise of around one million per night in the ITV1 show's first four episodes, it was revealed last week

Amazing! The show’s opening week viewing figures saw a rise of around one million per night in the ITV1 show’s first four episodes, it was revealed last week

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 show’s opening week viewing figures saw a rise of around one million per night in the ITV1 show’s first four episodes, it was revealed last week. 

Since the launch up to last Wednesday’s (November 18) episode, each night saw 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.  

Viewers favourite: 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)

Viewers favourite: 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) 

OPENING WEEK VIEWING FIGURES: 2020 vs. 2019 

EPISODE ONE

2020: 10.91million

2019:  9.95million

EPISODE TWO

2020: 10.04million

2019: 9.04million

EPISODE THREE

2020: 9.40million

2019: 8.55million

EPISODE FOUR 

2020: 8.84million

2019:  8.05million    

The second episode of the 2020 series on Monday 16 November 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.  

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.  

Despite success in the ratings, the opening show prompted 134 Ofcom complaints.

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 comprised of eel and rabbit in the opening days.  

That's nasty: Despite success in the ratings, the opening show prompted 134 Ofcom complaints including complaints over  scene in which DJ Jordan North was violently sick

That’s nasty: Despite success in the ratings, the opening show prompted 134 Ofcom complaints including complaints over  scene in which DJ Jordan North was violently sick 

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