I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has seen viewing figures plunge again as 1million viewers switched off on Monday.
Previously, the reality TV series launched with a peak audience of 7.8 million (average 7 million), down 2.2million from the show’s launch the year before.
Last night fans saw former UKIP and Brexit party leader Nigel Farage tuck into a gruesome four-penis pizza, camel udders and a cow teat in a bid to win meals for his campmates, alongside Nella Rose.
And despite audiences at home being left in hysterics as he pulled a series of hilarious grimaces, viewing figures dropped once again.
According to Overnights.TV the second episode of the series, only brought in an average of 6.1m viewers.
Oh no! I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has seen viewing figures plunge again as 1million viewers switched off on Monday
Switching off: Fans saw former UKIP and Brexit party leader Nigel Farage tuck into a gruesome four-penis pizza, but viewing figures dropped once again with an average of 6.1m viewers
It comes as no surprise that Farage was selected to take on the first trial after it emerged he received a reported £1.5million to appear – the biggest I’m A Celeb pay cheque ever – which left fans fuming.
Audiences have been vocal about boycotting the show over the controversial figure’s pay cheque.
Sunday night’s show launched with a peak audience of 7.8 million (average 7 million), down 2.2million from the show’s launch the year before.
In 2022, the I’m A Celebrity… launch got an audience of over 10 million people at its peak – up two million from the previous year.
That was despite former health secretary, Matt Hancock being paid £400k to join the line-up, donating 3% of that fee to charity.
During his stint, he admitted he was ‘looking for a bit of forgiveness’ as he received a grilling from his fellow castmates about his controversies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Matt, then 44, struggled to contain his emotions as he apologised to camp for having an affair with Gina Coladangelo, which saw him break his own guidance, lose his job and cause the collapse of his 15-year marriage to wife Martha.
Loose Women’s Charlene White, 42, had told the politician her aunt died from the virus and that she hadn’t been able to visit her in hospital due to the rules he had set in place – before disregarding them himself.
Ratings: It comes as no surprise that Farage was selected to take on the first trial after it emerged he received a reported £1.5million to appear
Last year: In 2022, the I’m A Celeb… launch got an audience of over 10 million people at its peak. Sunday night’s show launched with a peak audience of 7.8 million (average 7 million)
Controversial: Former health secretary, Matt Hancock starred in the 2022 series, and was paid £400k to join the line-up, donating 3% of that fee to charity
Last week, fans threatened to boycott the new ITV series over their ‘tone-deaf’ decision to let Farage enter the jungle.
The signing of the GB News star has proved controversial as Nigel is a famously divisive figure, who is known for his right-wing views on immigration and gender pay gaps.
Nearly 10,000 people have been using the hashtag ‘Boycott I’m A Celeb’.
Taking to X, social media users plead their case as to why they were taking action against the show.
One user wrote: ‘ITV notoriously choose the most heinous politicians. They secure these guests by promising to show ‘another side’ to them.
‘There are no other sides to sc**bags like Matt Hancock & Nigel Farage & attempts to rehabilitate them for the nation is propaganda. #BoycottImACeleb’.
‘Hancock was bad enough but I can’t even look at Farage. Do itv realise how many viewers they will lose with this decision? #BoycottImACeleb’, a second wrote.
A third user added: @ITV @antanddec @DecsMcpartlin I boycotted @imacelebrity when you put @MattHancock on your show. Now the odious @Nigel_Farage.
‘I’m livid that you give these people a voice, a platform and way to be seen. I can’t, I’m livid spitting feathers. #BoycottITV #Boycottimaceleb’.
A fourth expressed: ‘I wrote to @itv to complain about Farage going on #BoycottImACeleb . Have received a really pathetic, standard response from their team.
‘Please continue to email them. They need to understand quite how many people are totally p*ssed off with them.’
An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline about Sunday night;’s show: ‘I’m A Celebrity received ITV’s highest overnight audience of the year and the biggest entertainment launch across any channel.’
The launch comes after Farage shared a throwback clip of I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly giving their opinion on the possibility of the politician joining the lineup.
There has been much criticism lobbied at ITV for choosing to cast him and several petitions have been launched to get him removed, with others boycotting the show in protest.
I’m A Celeb’s hosts Ant and Dec have not commented on the lineup so far, but Nigel took to his Twitter on Tuesday to share an unearthed video of the duo discussing him being on the show.
Boycott: Fans are less than happy with Farage taking part, with nearly 10,000 people using the hashtag ‘Boycott I’m A Celeb’ in the past 24 hours
Having their say: Before he entered camp Farage shared a throwback clip of I’m A Celeb hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly giving their opinion on the politician joining the lineup
All set: It comes after Nigel insisted he’s ready for whatever the jungle throws at him
Possible clashes: Nigel has been joined by an assortment of pop stars, actors and social media influencers in the jungle
Last year, the Geordies often joined livestreams with fans after the shows aired, to chat about the events of the latest episode and answer questions from viewers.
The clip Nigel shared saw one person suggest the politician enters the jungle one year, with And and Dec seeming to give their approval.
The video shows Dec saying: ‘Dan says Nigel Farage,’ with Ant responding: “‘Dan that is a very very good idea. Very good idea.’
Dec chimes in to add: ‘I’d like to see that.’
Alongside the clip, Nigel wrote: ‘Give the people what they want!’ with a pair of eyes emoji.