Celebrity Big Brother viewing figures rise slightly for latest episode

Celebrity Big Brother 2018

1.5 million viewers tuned in to last night's Celebrity Big Brother 2018 highlights.

It was up slightly on from Wednesday night's low following the launch.

An average of 2.1 million viewers watched the opening episode on Tuesday, the lowest rating for a January series of the show.

That number dropped by a third on Wednesday evening with 1.35 million tuning in for what is currently an all female series.

Wednesday night's CBB ratings were down around 500,000 viewers on last year's first highlights and 800,000 on 2016.

However viewing figures rose slightly on Thursday evening to 1.5 million.

Although going in the right direction, numbers were still down 500,000 on both 2017 and 2016.

In what has been named 'Year Of The Women', CBB's latest run started with a female only cast on Tuesday night.

Those making up the line up include former MP Ann Widdecombe, Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Malika Haqq, Boris Johnson's sister Rachel Johnson, Ex On The Beach star Jess Impiazzi and actress Amanda Barrie.

They're joined by Made In Chelsea's Ashley James, newsreader India Willoughby and former Detective Constable Maggie Oliver, known for her work investigating the Rochdale grooming scandal.

The current cast of eight women will be joined by a number of male housemates in a second live launch this evening.

Rumoured to be entering are footballer John Barnes, Love Island's Jonny Mitchell, Boyzone's Shane Lynch, US rapper Ginuwine, The Apprentice's Andrew Brady and ballet star Wayne Sleep.

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 continues nightly at 9PM on Channel 5.

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