, hosted the first ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ without him last weekend to a hugely positive reception.
Initial figures revealed the show reached an average of 7.7 million viewers, making it the second-highest rated episode in the current series.
Dec only made a nod to Ant’s absence during the show, and later took to Twitter revealing he had barely slept in the run-up to going live.
“Thanks for all your lovely messages tonight, they are VERY much appreciated, I’m glad you enjoyed the show,” he said.
“I didn’t sleep an awful lot last night so I’m off to bed! Night y’all.”
A new series of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ will begin later this month, and while Ant and Dec have already completed filming of the audition stages, it’s not yet known what the plans are for this year’s live shows.
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