The Nightly Show will run for eight weeks at 10pm instead of the long running news programme.
Each week will be hosted by a different celebrity with David Walliams hosting the first week. ITV announced The Nightly Show, a brand new week night entertainment series transmitting in 2017 last night with no comment on the shunting of News at Ten, which has since 1999 been dropped, reinstated and moved several times due to falling viewership. The programme has been nicknamed ‘News at When‘ due to random start times.
“I am thrilled to be the first host for this brand new show for ITV.” – David Walliams
The half four daily entertainment show will be produced for ITV by Second Act Productions and will see the series stripped over five nights a week for an eight week run, with the broadcaster yet to reveal the other seven presenters.
The famous faces hosting the show during the eight week run will oversee a high tempo mixture of topical monologue, studio games, celebrity guests, experts and VT’s. The Nightly Show will be recorded ‘as live’ each day at 6pm in a converted studio at a central London location.
“We’re really excited about launching this bold new show, and delighted that David will kick off what will be an eight week entertainment treat for viewers.” – Peter Davey, ITV’s Head Of Comedy Entertainment
News at Ten was launched by ITN in 1968 running week nights regularly until 1999 when the schedule was revamped. The Nightly News aired at 11pm. However the changes failed to boost ratings and News at Ten was restored to the schedules in 2001, but for only three nights a week. In 2004 the news aired in a 10.30pm slot before a full five days a week News at Ten was re-introduced in 2008.
Its failure to recapture its earlier ratings sucess is in part due to the BBC moving their Nine O’Clock News to 10pm in 1999 when ITV announced the axing of News at Ten. The BBC’s Ten O’Clock News currently beats the commercial offering by up to two million viewers, with four million tuning into the beeb show.