1.5 million viewers watched last night’s Celebrity Big Brother 2018 live episode.
It was essentially a second launch show for the series, as eight male housemates joined the eight women already in the house following Tuesday’s opening episode.
Men who entered the house included footballer turned pundit John Barnes, British ballet dancer Wayne Sleep and Comedian Daniel O’Reilly.
They were joined by Love Island’s Jonny Mitchell, Boyzone singer Shane Lynch, US R&B star Ginuwine, The Apprentice candidate Andrew Brady and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Courtney Act – aka Shane Jenek.
The 9PM episode was seen by 1.5 million viewers, down a smidgen on the Thursday night’s highlights and 600,000 below Tuesday’s launch.
1.2 million watched the second half between 10:30PM and 11PM, a series low. Inbetween the two CBB episodes, Will and Grace had 1.3 million viewers.
Compared to 2017’s first Friday viewing figures, the first episode was 100,000 viewers up but the second was down 300,000 viewers.
Celebrity Big Brother 2018 continues tonight at 9PM on Channel 5.
Elsewhere in last night’s ratings, the Liverpool v Everton FA Cup match averaged 6 million viewers on BBC One.
Coronation Street was the most watched show of the day, securing 6.9 million viewers for its first instalment on ITV. The second had 6 million while Emmerdale had 6.6 million.
After, The Big Soap Quiz had 2.8 million in the 9PM hour for the channel.