5.6million tune in to see Tom Daley make a Splash!
PLYMOUTH diver Tom Daley has made a big Splash! in his first TV presenting role.
The new celebrity talent show on ITV on Saturday, attracted an average of 5.6million viewers – a quarter of the audience share.
Tom – who took bronze in dramatic style at last year's London Olympic games – plays tutor to a handful of celebs who have dared to tread a very different kind of board to ones they are used to.
At its peak, 6.3 million viewers tuned in to see comedian Omid Djalili and Benidorm star Jake Canuso dive into the next round of the show, which is filmed live from Luton, with the training sequences filmed at Plymouth's Life Centre.
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Djalili topped the leaderboard with a daring 10-metre "swan dive", while Canuso made it through after winning a head-to-head "splash off" against TV presenter Jenni Falconer.
The social networking site Twitter, famed for its poisonous jibes, was quick to shout down the show, but Radio Five Live presenter Richard Bacon said: "We've had our sarcastic fun. But let's admit in it's own mysterious way, it's strangely enjoyable. If not utterly compelling."
The show's judging panel featured Team GB's diving coach Andy Banks, comedienne Jo Brand and former Olympic diving medallist Leon Taylor.
Having failed to impress the judges, Jenni Falconer joined Sugababes singer Jade Ewen and comedy actress Helen Lederer in leaving the series.
Ten more celebrities – including model Caprice, Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo, Sky presenter Charlotte Jackson and ski jumper Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards – will compete over the next two weeks.
Team GB and Plymouth Diving coach Andy Banks said the feedback from ITV bosses was that they were "over the moon" with the ratings.
He said: "I thought it went all right, given that Splash! is something entirely new for a primetime TV slot.
"I wasn't overly nervous at it going out live but you have to remember this is on ITV on a Saturday night and so it's bound to get the heart racing a bit.
"I think Tom (Daley) was also pretty pleased overall so that's two of us from Plymouth on a primetime slot, which is great for the sport and for the city."
Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe pulled out of the show just days after she was reported to have split with boyfriend Sylvain Longchambon, a professional from Dancing On Ice.