I’M a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! has pulled in it’s highest ever first week ratings – with 12.6 million viewers tuning in for Holly Willoughby’s first week in the jungle.
Fans tuned into this year’s jungle instalment in their droves to watch the ITV darling replace Ant McPartlin as Declan Donnelly’s co-host for the first time in the show’s 17-year history.
And it’s clear Holly has the Midas touch as she and Dec drew in a record breaking audience of 12.6 million, which equates to a whopping 47% of ITV’s viewership, in their first week Down Under.
Incredibly, the show audience is up a massive 1.8 million viewers on last year’s equivalent episode.
It was revealed last month that the jungle favourite took the ratings crown following it’s debut on November 18 and even broke its own record by pulling in its highest launch viewing figures in five years.
The show drew in an impressive 11 million viewers, while BBC Ballroom stalwart Strictly attracted a respectable 9 million watchers.
Holly and Dec welcomed 11.9 million viewers at the peak of the jungle show’s opener, with 750,000 more fans switching on this year than in 2017.
The figures come as Holly predicted a woman will win this year’s I’m A Celebrity.
The 37-year-old, who is hosting the show for the first time, teased her favourite as she chatted to Alison Hammond in a behind the scenes jungle video for This Morning.
Revealing she had written the person’s name down, she said: “It’s a queen of the jungle, I will say that.”
The star went on to say that she would “never in a million years” compete on the show herself.
Opening up about her time hosting the show, she told Alison: “Dec is being so wonderful, he is really helping me.”
She also admitted she has been really struggling with the tasks.
Holly shared: “Honestly… all I keep saying [to them] is ‘I don’t know how you’re doing this, I don’t know how you’re doing this!’… the smell, I mean – you know what it’s like – you don’t realise the smells are so disgusting.
“It stinks! It’s hard, it’s tough and they are so hungry.”