Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway attracts more than 4 million viewers as Geordie duo bid emotional farewell after 22 years

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Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly fought back tears as they bid an emotional farewell at the end of this weekend’s final Saturday Night Takeaway after 22 years.

And it has been revealed that more than four million viewers tuned in to see the Geordie duo one last time on ITV’s primetime show.

The presenters, both 48, who said they were taking a break from the show, hosted an incredibly packed two-hour episode and departed in good spirits.

The final episode averaged 4.6 million viewers, and the 2023 finale averaged 4.3 million viewers.

However, more people watched the series’ opening episode than Saturday’s finale, with 4.9 million people watching the series’ first episode.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly bid a tearful and emotional farewell at the end of this weekend's final Saturday Night Takeaway after 22 years.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly bid a tearful and emotional farewell at the end of this weekend’s final Saturday Night Takeaway after 22 years.

And it has been revealed that more than four million viewers tuned in to see the Geordie duo one last time on ITV's primetime show.

And it has been revealed that more than four million viewers tuned in to see the Geordie duo one last time on ITV’s primetime show.

Saturday Night Takeaway’s highest-rated episode aired on March 21, 2020, during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, and attracted a staggering 9.5 million viewers.

Despite lower ratings this year, the finale attracted the most viewers of any channel all day long, helping ITV1 capture the largest share of viewers across all channels on Saturday.

Ant and Dec, who have worked together for over 30 years, launched Saturday Night Takeaway in 2002.

Last year, the hosts announced that they would take a hiatus after the 20th series, which was a milestone, in 2024.

They took a four-year hiatus from the show in 2009, but returned in 2013 with the duo.

Ant and Dec ended their first ITV series in 22 years with a speech thanking viewers at home, before serenading the audience with a song.

The pair admitted that they “never dreamed” that the show would become such a hit and last for 20 years.

The 48-year-old presenter, who is currently on hiatus from the show, went out with a bang, hosting an incredibly jam-packed two-hour episode that drew an average of 4.6 million viewers.

The 48-year-old presenter, who is currently on hiatus from the show, went out with a bang, hosting an incredibly jam-packed two-hour episode that drew an average of 4.6 million viewers.

However, more people watched the series' opening episode than Saturday's finale, with statistics showing that 4.9 million people watched the first episode of the series.

However, more people watched the series’ opening episode than Saturday’s finale, with statistics showing that 4.9 million people watched the first episode of the series.

The pair brought the ITV series to a close after 22 years with a speech thanking viewers at home, before serenading viewers with a song.

The pair brought the ITV series to a close after 22 years with a speech thanking viewers at home, before serenading viewers with a song.

Ant and Dec admitted they

Ant and Dec admitted they “never dreamed” the show would become such a hit and last for 20 years (pictured from the show in 2004)

Ant told viewers: “It’s been an honor and a privilege to create this show and appear on Saturday nights for 22 years.”

Deku, overcome with emotion, continued: “When we started doing this in 2002, we both thought we’d be lucky to be able to do this for maybe two or three years.

“So what happened was honestly beyond our wildest dreams. We truly adored every moment of making this show.”

Deku said this with tears in his eyes. “But there’s one thing we never forget when making this show, and that’s the fact that this is not our show, it’s your show. So we owe you a lot. We would like to express our gratitude to our wonderful viewers. ”

Pal Ant then came to his rescue, put a hand on his shoulder, and introduced a montage of the show’s most memorable moments.

The hosts were then joined on stage by McFly’s Danny Jones and Tom Fletcher, who sang a specially rewritten version of the band’s hit song “All About You.”

In a joint statement shared to Instagram, the pair were seen hugging after getting off stage, with Ant and Dec writing: “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

“To all our guests, to our staff, and most importantly to everyone at home who has made the last 20 series so great. We’re so grateful to everyone who tuned in and we couldn’t have done this without you. I couldn’t have done that.”

Ant and Dec will despite the show endingI will continue my exclusive cooperation with ITVhas hosted hit shows including; i am a celebrity… Get me out of here! , britain’s got talent and Limitless Win, all broadcast on ITV1 and ITVX.

They then took to social media and shared a sweet snap of them cuddling backstage after the show.

They then took to social media and shared a sweet snap of them cuddling backstage after the show.

The post was captioned:

The post was captioned: “Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the guests, staff and most importantly to you at home who made the last 20 series so amazing.” Thank you so much to everyone who tuned in and none of this would have been possible without you. ”

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