The Chase star Darragh Ennis made his debut on the quiz show last night and brought in a record-breaking audience.
ITV has revealed that yesterday’s (Thursday, November 19) episode saw the biggest audience in the programme’s 11-year history.
What did ITV say about Darragh Ennis’ debut on The Chase?
Figures show that an average of 4.9 million people tuned in to watch yesterday’s episode, which was the first featuring the new sixth chaser.
According to ITV, that figure was the largest seen so far this year for any daytime TV show across all channels, excluding news, sport and coronavirus briefings.
It broke a previous record set just a day earlier, as ITV revealed that Wednesday’s (November 18) episode saw an average of 4.8 million viewers.
During his first episode of The Chase, Irishman Darragh – whose nickname on the show is The Menace – failed to take down the first two contestants.
Host Bradley Walsh asked him how he was feeling, being in the chaser’s chair for the first time – before suggesting he had taken a “thrashing”.
You did brilliantly rattling 10 correct answers to catch them when others would have crumbled.
Darragh argued that “thrashing” was a bit strong and his performance picked up as he eliminated the next two contestants.
However, he hit rocky ground again during the final chase, which saw him get several questions wrong in a row, handing the two-person team some crucial push-backs.
After that, though, he blistered through the remaining questions and caught the team with just seconds to spare.
What did Darragh ‘The Menace’ Ennis say about his performance?
Taking to Twitter after the scenes aired, Darragh poked fun at himself and appeared to defend his performance with a Simpsons GIF.
In the clip, naval officers say to Homer Simpson, “You have 10 seconds to explain your actions before we open fire” and Homer replies, “It’s my first day.”
Darragh’s followers praised him in the replies, particularly for his turnaround right at the end of the final chase.
One said: “You did brilliantly rattling 10 correct answers to catch them when others would have crumbled.”
A second wrote: “Well done on the first show, Darragh! A truly deserved position in The Chase family!”
Another tweeted: “You did well, thought you were finished when you needed 10 in last 55 seconds.”
You did brilliantly rattling 10 correct answers to catch them when others would have crumbled
— AndrewHarrison (@Legendof1983) November 19, 2020
Well done on the first show, Darragh! A truly deserved position in the Chase family!
— Marky Boy TV (@MarkyBoyTV) November 20, 2020
You did well, thought you were finished when you needed 10 in last 55 seconds 👏👏
— Alex Wadey (@AlexWadey1) November 19, 2020
The Menace’s message to The Chase trolls
Darragh also took the opportunity to silence internet trolls who mock contestants on the show, as he vowed never to reply to them.
He tweeted: “PSA: Anyone being abusive about contestants will never get a reply from me…
“If you think you can do better then apply and you’ll see how much harder it is on camera than on sofa.”
PSA: Anyone being abusive about contestants will never get a reply from me and will just be blocked. If you think you can do better then apply and you'll see how much harder it is on camera than on sofa.
— Darragh Ennis (@bones_giles) November 20, 2020
– The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV
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