I'm A Celebrity cleared by TV watchdog Ofcom over 'animal cruelty' complaints


I'm A Celebrity 2016 will NOT be investigated by TV watchdog Ofcom.

This year's series was once again the focus of complaints about animal cruelty over its infamous bushtucker trials.

The latest run saw tasks involving the eating of live beetles, chasing ostriches, swimming with crocodiles and the usual millions of critters crawling all over the celebs.

Despite a vocal set of complaints from some viewers, only 51 people actually took the time and effort to lodge a formal complaint with Ofcom.

That's well below the 700 from last year's show, which saw Ferne McCann eating a live spider in the final episode.

A spokesperson for TV regulator Ofcom said today: "We assessed a number of complaints about the tasks given to contestants.

“However, these were in keeping with the well-established format of this reality series, and were unlikely to have exceeded the expectations of the audience.”

Compared to the 51 viewers who complained, n impressive 10.5 million tuned in last night to The I'm A Celebrity Final - with the audience peaking at 11.4 million viewers.

This is up by 800k viewers on last year's Final - which was watched by 9.7million viewers and peaked with 10.6million viewers.

I'm a Celebrity...Get me Out of Here! was ITV's most watched programme of the night, and the top programme of the night across all channels, for 16-34 year old viewers, with a 60% share of 16-34s.

And with 10.5 million viewers, last night's was the most watched final since 2013 (series 13).

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is back next year with a brand new series.

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