RATINGS! Celebrity Big Brother 2017's summer series starts with 1.8 million viewers

Celebrity Big Brother Summer 2017

Celebrity Big Brother 2017 kicked off yesterday with its lowest launch numbers ever.

The latest summer series - and landmark 20th overall - started with an average audience of 1.8 million viewers, peaking with 2.2 million viewers.

It's the first time a CBB launch has dipped below 2 million viewers and follows the least watched BBUK run.

The numbers for CBB are down 600,000 on last year's summer launch and also 500,000 below on the latest All Star series which aired in January.

However - as one would have hoped - it's well up on the recent figures of Big Brother which ended with 900,000 watching last week's final.

Celebrity Big Brother launch viewing figures

Including +1

2017 Summer: 1.8 million
2017 Winter: 2.3 million

2016 Summer: 2.4 million
2016 Winter: 2.8 million

2015 Summer: 2.2 million
2015 Winter: 3.3 million

2014 Summer: 2.4 million
2014 Winter: 3.4 million

2013 Summer: 2.8 million
2013 Winter: 3.6 million

Celebrity Big Brother 2017 continues nightly on Channel 5 for the next month with the first highlights show tonight at 9PM on Channel 5.

It was In The Dark which won the 9PM slot on BBC One with 3.9 million viewers for its final of four episodes. while a Midsomer Murders repeat had 2.1 million between 8PM an 10PM. Earlier in the evening, EastEnders dropped to 3.9 million viewers against Emmerdale which had 5.5 million, while Holby City continued with 3.8 million watching.

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