“He may have just saved this entire programme”: The Nightly Show viewers think Dermot O’Leary is the best host yet

The love was out in force for The X Factor presenter on Twitter after his debut on Monday night

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Praise for The Nightly Show being on Twitter has been as rare as a unicorn sighting.

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Yet something almost magical happened on Monday night. For the first time since the ITV entertainment series started nearly a month ago, viewers weren’t completely annoyed and irritated by it. Instead, new host Dermot O’Leary had plenty of praise heaped on him for his debut performance.

The Nightly Show has been dogged by criticism since it began. Low ratings, irritation at the news being moved and complaints over the hosts have led to calls from viewers for the show to be axed.

In fact, last week’s host Davina McCall was so worried about coming under fire for her stint behind the desk that she announced she was quitting Twitter for the week while she was hosting.

It would be nice to think this meant The Nightly Show is on the up and up, but of course next week sees a change of presenter again. No pressure then, Gordon Ramsay…

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The Nightly Show airs Monday to Friday at 10pm on ITV