'One Show' presents record debut

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Jason Manford and Alex Jones scored more viewers on their 'One Show' debut than former presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley - with a record 4.5million tuning in.

Jason Manford and Alex Jones scored more viewers on their 'One Show' debut than former presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.

The duo pulled in a record 4.5 million viewers on Monday evening (16.08.10) - up on the average 4.3million in 2009 when their predecessors were on the sofa.

Overjoyed BBC One bosses also confirmed the ratings were a million more than the same date last year.

Alex and comedian Jason - who admitted to having "sleepless nights" in the run up to his debut - were praised by a string of celebrities as they spoke to Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg on the sofa.

Chris Evans, set to co-host the Friday episodes with Alex, said on twitter: "'One Show' tonight - revelation. Jason and Alex - like they have been doing it for years. Bravo."

Former 'This Morning' presenter Richard Madeley also tweeted: "Well done to Jason and Alex on the opening sequence of 'The One Show' - fresh, upbeat, enthusiastic and not a trace of nerves."

Afterwards, Alex, 32, thanked actress Whoopi for making their first show run so smoothly.

She said: "We're over the moon that so many viewers tuned in to watch our first appearance and hope they all enjoyed it as much as Jason and I did.

"We were nervous before the show, of course. But Whoopi really helped by being such a great guest."

A BBC source also praised the on-screen couple, telling Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "What great figures. We're delighted with Jason and Alex. Memories of the old presenters will soon vanish."

A 'One Show' fan tweeted: "Adrian and Christine who?"

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