Antony Cotton’s chat show a roaring success
Coronation Street star Antony Cotton is proving a surprise hit in the world of TV talk-shows, having already attracted more viewers than veteran rivals Richard and Judy.
Outside of his role as Sean Tully on the ITV soap, Anthony truly came to the nation’s attention after his performances on singing show Soapstar Superstar.
The channel then saw in the 32-year old the solution to their tea-time programming problems.
Since Paul O’Grady defected to Channel 4 last year, the station’s bosses have filled the early evening slot with repeats as well as screening the unsuccessful Sharon Osborne show earlier this year.
Around two million viewers tuned in to watch Antony’s first show, which was a mixture of celebrity interviews and audience participation games.
In comparison, Richard and Judy’s show attracted just 1.1 million viewers during the same time slot.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Antony said: “I was delighted when I saw the ratings for the first programme.
“I’m really proud of all the team who are working so hard to make the show. It’s only the first day of a five-week run so we’ve got a long way to go.”
Before appearing in Coronation Street, the actor appeared in Queer as Folk and Absolutely Fabulous.