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Tuesday 28th January 2020

David Walliams and ITV savaged for "awful" The Nightly Show

The new show was labelled "cringeworthy" by disappointed viewers

ITV’s The Nightly Show has been savaged by viewers.

They slammed the show for being “drivel” and “cringeworthy” and suggested it was dumbing down the channel.

The topical entertainment programme – which will run for eight weeks, hosted by a series of celebrities – was launched at 10pm on Monday, pushing the channel’s flagship news show back half an hour.

I would call the #NightlyShow a turkey

Sky News aired its revamped News At 10 in the same slot, setting up a three-way ratings battle with the BBC.

But ITV’s new series may have its work cut out after the first instalment, hosted by David Walliams, was slated online.

Sketches about the Oscars mix-up and US President Donald Trump failed to win over the audience.

The show was dismissed as being “absolutely awful” and suggested ITV had “plumbed new depths with this trash”.

One person wrote on Twitter: “I would call the #NightlyShow a turkey, but that would be an insult to our feathered friends.”

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Some viewers felt that ITV was taking 'dumbing down' to the extreme, especially as they'd bumped the news down the schedule to fit in the show.

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Many called for the channel to reinstate its news programme at 10pm, and others said they were switching over to the BBC.

Another wrote: “Don’t like the idea of the #thenightlyshow I want my news at 10, looks like I’m turning over to watch the news on the BBC.”

David Walliams may be judging Britain's talent on a celebrated ITV show but it seems that some are not so keen on his own gifts after this showing.