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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! launch sees a staggering drop in viewers

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! made it's hot return to ITV on Sunday night, although it seems viewers decided not to tune in for the glittering reveal show.

The launch show, which saw the likes of Caitlyn Jenner and former Girls Aloud singer, Nadine Coyle enter the famous jungle saw a loss of one million viewers compared to the 2018 series.

This years series launched with around 10 million viewers, averaging with an audience of 10.2 million which is a significant drop compared to the 11.9 million who tuned in last year to see Emily Atack face her fears.

Last year, Ant McPartlin , 44, was replaced by This Morning's Holly Willoughby , 38, after the Geordie star took a break from TV following his drink-driving ordeal.

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The 2018 series of the hit show soon became the programme's highest-rated series of all time, attracting an average of 12.2 million viewers per night.

Despite the record-breaking viewing figures, creative director Richard Cowles revealed to Radio Times that he wasn't worried about figures falling.

He said: "We love what Holly did, but we're very much looking forward to Ant coming back and I think it's going to be an amazing series,

"I think the job is for us to create a series and cast where everyone wants to come back and watch more, so I'm not worried [about ratings]. I'm looking forward to seeing Ant and Dec back again."

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The 2018 series became the fourth-largest audience for the show since it began, with 2013 becoming the biggest series opener with 12 million people tuning in.

However, execs could see these figures shoot up with Coronation Street star Andy Whyment allegedly jetting into Australia to take part.

It has also been confirmed that former EastEnders actor Cliff Parisi, famous for playing Minty the mechanic will be heading into the jungle to complete the lineup.

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! airs on ITV at 9pm

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