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Ant and Dec 'most watched hosts'
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Ant and Dec met working together on the children's show Byker Grove
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! presenters Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly were the most-watched TV hosts of last year, a survey has shown.

The duo, who also fronted Britain's Got Talent and Saturday Night Takeaway, were seen by 51% of the nation at least once, said the media agency MPG.

The report revealed that X Factor host Dermot O'Leary was watched by half of the UK on more then one occasion.

In third place was This Morning's Phillip Schofield.

Footballer pundit Gary Lineker was next at number four with Strictly Come Dancing's Tess Daly - the only woman in the top 10 - in fifth place.

Saturday Night Takeway was among several ITV shows which were found to have rigged competition phone lines, a report revealed last year.

Despite that the show won McPartlin and Donnelly the best entertainment programme gong at the National Television Awards in November.

THE MOST WATCHED PRESENTERS IN 2007
Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly
1. Ant and Dec
2. Dermot O'Leary
3. Phillip Schofield
4. Gary Lineker
5. Tess Daly
6. Richard Hammond
7. Bruce Forsyth
8. Jeremy Clarkson
9. James May
10. Jonathan Ross
Source: Barb

Top Gear's Richard Hammond, who also fronted the Sky programme Brainiac, debuted in sixth place with another newcomer, Bruce Forsyth, making it to number seven.

Hammond's Top Gear colleagues, Jeremy Clarkson, who also guest hosted Have I Got News For You, and James May, followed in eighth and ninth place respectively.

Jonathan Ross, who presents his own Friday night chat show and Film 2007, rounded off the top 10.

Lineker took the top spot previously, thanks to the 2006 World Cup.

MPG's Martyn Stokes said: "Our analysis shows that Ant and Dec are the new kings of British TV presenting."

Figures for the survey have been compiled by using Barb - Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.

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