The Chase smashes records with 4.9 million viewers for new Chaser Darragh Ennis’ debut

The new Chaser drew the series' biggest ever audience yesterday.

Darragh Ennis joins The Chase

The Chase newcomer Darragh Ennis‘ first episode yesterday saw the quiz show break records, drawing the most viewers of any daytime show this year, not including news, coronavirus briefings and sport.

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A massive 4.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the new Chaser’s debut, also beating The Chase’s own all-time record, which was set the day before as anticipation mounted for his appearance.

Both Wednesday and Thursday, more than a third of TV viewers tuned into The Chase.

Darragh joins the line-up of Chasers having competed as a contestant on the series back in 2017.

He previously took on Paul Sinha, but wasn’t able to take home the prize money with his team.

As is customary, he’s been given an intimidating nickname by host Bradley Walsh, who yesterday introduced fans to Darragh ‘The Menace’ Ennis.

On the subject of joining the long-running quiz show, Ennis said: “I’m so pleased to be the sixth Chaser. It’s brilliant to be on such an amazing quiz team, and so much fun working with Bradley Walsh. It’s such an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to take on more contestants!”

Bradley added: “Another Chaser? ANOTHER CHASER? That’s another person cleverer than me on The Chase. I must have words with the producers. But I can’t wait to educate Darragh on the important things in life; custard creams, cowboy films and real ale.”

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