According to overnight ratings, the average number of people who watched the finale of The Masked Singer 2023 was 4.8 million, which was a decrease from the previous year.
Charlie Simpson from Busted was revealed as Rhino in Saturday’s episode, winning the fourth season of ITV’s surreal guessing game.
The 37-year-old singer defeated All Saints star Natalie Appleton, who was wearing the Fawn mask, and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, who were both dressed as Phoenix.
The numbers for the final were lower than in 2022, when an average of 6.3 million people watched it.
This is the second dip in a row, following an average of 8.6 million viewers tuning in to the final episode in 2021, despite the fact that viewing figures were generally higher during the first two national lockdowns.
According to ITV, the finale on Saturday drew a peak audience of 5.7 million viewers.
Joel Dommett, a comedian, hosts The Masked Singer, a show in which famous contestants sing in front of a celebrity panel who must guess their identities.
For the final, comedian Lee Mack joined Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, and Mo Gilligan as regular panelists.
Throughout the trial, Simpson fooled the judges, but Ora and McCall correctly identified him at the end.
Mack chose George Ezra, while Ross thought it could have been singer James Arthur.
Arthur wrote in response on Twitter: Moreover, it is an honor to be compared to @CharlieSimpson. He is deserving of the recognition he deserves.
Following his admission, Simpson uploaded a video to Instagram in which he was seen taking off a different rhino mask before singing Kings Of Leon’s “Use Somebody.”
On the video, he wrote the following message: Well, keeping this a secret has been difficult. It has been wonderful to read all of your comments each week.
“I’ve been so blown away by the support that I’ve decided to release an EP titled KIFARU, which is the Swahili word for rhino, with a few songs that I sang on the show. I hope you enjoy it, with much love x.