The Chase enjoys big viewing figures ahead of its summer break

The Chase

Ratings for The Chase on ITV have seen some of their highest numbers ever ahead of its break.

There was much controversy this week when it was revealed the tea time favourite would be taking a month off in May for Rylan Clark-Neal's new game show, Babushka.

Rylan's new programme will have a tough time matching The Chase's viewing figures, which last night scored a rating of 3.5 million across the 5PM hour.

It was ITV's second most watched show of the whole day, behind only popular soap Emmerdale, and the eighth most watched programme overall of the day. Excluding news bulletins, The Chase ranked at Number 4 behind only Emmerdale, EastEnders and Masterchef.

So far this week The Chase has averaged 3.2 million viewers, compared to the 1.3 million who watched the first ever week back in 2009.

From next Monday (May 1), The Chase will rest and Rylan's Babushka will takeover.

Rylan previously described the new show as 'Deal Or No Deal with Russian Dolls'.

"That’s the easiest way to explain it," he told BBC's The One show earlier this month. “The difference with Babushka is you have to play the eight dolls, there is no stopping at any point.

“Once you’re in the game, you’re in the game.”

Rylan revealed it was a game of high stakes and there had been tears on set during filming.

"You get a question wrong, open an empty doll or push a doll too far you lose absolutely everything," Rylan explained. “So you could play the worst game, and go home with 10 grand.

"Or you could play the best game and have £20,000 in your account and on your last go, push a doll too far or open an empty doll and you go home with nothing."

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