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By Jabeen Waheed For Mailonline

Published: 19:55 EDT, 17 March 2017 | Updated: 20:00 EDT, 17 March 2017

They are Britain's most loved television presenters. 

And ITV execs behind The Nightly Show are hoping Ant and Dec's star quality will help boost poor ratings, as they will take on presenting duties from Davina McCall next week.

The fun-loving twosome, both 41, will be presenting the late night entertainment chat show alongside guest host Dermot O'Leary.

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New TV opportunity: ITV execs behind The Nightly Show are hoping Ant and Dec's star quality will help boost poor ratings, as they will take on presenting duties from Davina McCall next week New TV opportunity: ITV execs behind The Nightly Show are hoping Ant and Dec's star quality will help boost poor ratings, as they will take on presenting duties from Davina McCall next week

New TV opportunity: ITV execs behind The Nightly Show are hoping Ant and Dec's star quality will help boost poor ratings, as they will take on presenting duties from Davina McCall next week

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Ant and Dec for further comment. 

This comes after reports that The Nightly Show has been averaging a poor 1.7 million viewers per night over the past month. 

And it looked like Davina's appearance on the show couldn't give it a helping hand - especially after she slammed her for being 'wooden' when it came to her auto-cue reading abilities. 

However, the bubbly brunette was certainly animated on Wednesday as she tried to entertain the dwindling audience by faking an orgasm on The Nightly Show. 

Needs a boost: This comes after reports that The Nightly Show has been averaging a poor 1.7 million viewers per night over the past month Needs a boost: This comes after reports that The Nightly Show has been averaging a poor 1.7 million viewers per night over the past month

Needs a boost: This comes after reports that The Nightly Show has been averaging a poor 1.7 million viewers per night over the past month

Taking people into her bedroom: This comes after Davina McCall, 49, faked an orgasm live on air after discussing how hackers could control people's sex toys on The Nightly Show on Wednesday Taking people into her bedroom: This comes after Davina McCall, 49, faked an orgasm live on air after discussing how hackers could control people's sex toys on The Nightly Show on Wednesday

Taking people into her bedroom: This comes after Davina McCall, 49, faked an orgasm live on air after discussing how hackers could control people's sex toys on The Nightly Show on Wednesday

The TV presenter was discussing how hackers have the ability to take over people's smart phone controlled sex toys, before a buzzer sounded and she began embarrassingly performing the raunchy deed.

Her racy behaviour somewhat jarred with her ladylike look, with the star wearing a pink blazer and pussybow blouse. 

During the skit, Davina gurned and squirmed as she attempted to re-create an 'The Big O - while her audience were left in hysterics.

Davina's cringeworthy display comes after she was subjected to harsher critique as she helmed the American-style talk show on Tuesday, which featured guests David Baddiel and Sara Cox.

Hot under the collar: After discussing the plight of sex toys, a buzzer sounded and Davina began jumping around in her chair while trying to emulate an orgasm  Hot under the collar: After discussing the plight of sex toys, a buzzer sounded and Davina began jumping around in her chair while trying to emulate an orgasm 

Hot under the collar: After discussing the plight of sex toys, a buzzer sounded and Davina began jumping around in her chair while trying to emulate an orgasm 

Looks can be deceiving: While the star looked ladylike in pink with a structured blazer, printed top and dangling black bow-tie - her actions were anything but refined Looks can be deceiving: While the star looked ladylike in pink with a structured blazer, printed top and dangling black bow-tie - her actions were anything but refined

Looks can be deceiving: While the star looked ladylike in pink with a structured blazer, printed top and dangling black bow-tie - her actions were anything but refined

'Bring back the News At Ten!' Davina's racy display comes after she was subjected to harsher critiques of being 'wooden' as she helmed the American-style talk show on Tuesday 'Bring back the News At Ten!' Davina's racy display comes after she was subjected to harsher critiques of being 'wooden' as she helmed the American-style talk show on Tuesday

'Bring back the News At Ten!' Davina's racy display comes after she was subjected to harsher critiques of being 'wooden' as she helmed the American-style talk show on Tuesday

The issue seemed mostly to revolve around her auto-cue reading ability.

'Rubbish presenting by Davina McCall tonight... clearly reading off the auto-cue,' someone posted to Twitter, getting the ball rolling on the nightly viewer tirade.

'Davina McCall reading the auto-queue like a 6 year old read Biff, Chip & Kipper!' came a second moaning tweeter.

'Fair enough reading off an auto-cue but be a little more subtle Davina McCall,' another posted.

Another disgruntled (and sexist) commentator wrote: 'Jesus Christ Davina McCall is dreadful at presenting #TheNightlyShow - It needs a funny guy to present it. And not John Bishop.' 

Here we go again: Davina McCall started to face the same backlash her predecessor presenters John Bishop and David Walliams had faced over the previous fortnight, as she hosted The Nightly Show for a second night Here we go again: Davina McCall started to face the same backlash her predecessor presenters John Bishop and David Walliams had faced over the previous fortnight, as she hosted The Nightly Show for a second night

Here we go again: Davina McCall started to face the same backlash her predecessor presenters John Bishop and David Walliams had faced over the previous fortnight, as she hosted The Nightly Show for a second night

A pleasant surprise: Davina quit Twitter for a week while she hosted ITV's Nightly Show fearing a deluge of mean tweets only for viewers to flood her Twitter feed with praise A pleasant surprise: Davina quit Twitter for a week while she hosted ITV's Nightly Show fearing a deluge of mean tweets only for viewers to flood her Twitter feed with praise

A pleasant surprise: Davina quit Twitter for a week while she hosted ITV's Nightly Show fearing a deluge of mean tweets only for viewers to flood her Twitter feed with praise

'Oh my god just bring back the News At Ten!' came another tweet, followed by: 'I just can't abide by the cringe of Davina this week!'

Another said the 49-year-old TV pro 'was looking lost'.

There was still a smattering of positive feedback, with one person writing 'I actually really like The Nightly Show with Davina' and another typing: '@ThisisDavina has really turned the #TheNightlyShow arround. Until this week it's been dire but Davina is amazing.'    

Harsh: 'Fair enough reading off an auto-cue but be a little more subtle Davina McCall,' someone posted Harsh: 'Fair enough reading off an auto-cue but be a little more subtle Davina McCall,' someone posted

Harsh: 'Fair enough reading off an auto-cue but be a little more subtle Davina McCall,' someone posted

Davina therefore decided to quit Twitter for a week when she hosted the show, expecting a deluge of mean-spirited tweets.

And although this seems to now have happened, her debut on Monday was mostly declared a success.

Having previously informed her Twitter followers that she would be off the site until Saturday because of her hosting gig - and told the haters to 'fill yer boots' - the reaction was quite the opposite with viewers flooding her Twitter feed with praise for her comedic presenting skills. 

Taking precautions: Davina informed her followers that she was leaving Twitter so they could 'fill yer boots' and criticise her on the social media site only for the opposite to happen Taking precautions: Davina informed her followers that she was leaving Twitter so they could 'fill yer boots' and criticise her on the social media site only for the opposite to happen

Taking precautions: Davina informed her followers that she was leaving Twitter so they could 'fill yer boots' and criticise her on the social media site only for the opposite to happen

Fans: Tweets came flooding in to declare her hosting gig a great success  Fans: Tweets came flooding in to declare her hosting gig a great success 

Fans: Tweets came flooding in to declare her hosting gig a great success 

'Best show yet': The Twitter users declared that Davina was a better host than David Walliams and John Bishop  'Best show yet': The Twitter users declared that Davina was a better host than David Walliams and John Bishop 

'Best show yet': The Twitter users declared that Davina was a better host than David Walliams and John Bishop 

Falling flat: After high praise from fans the night before, Davina was subject to harsher critique as she helmed the American-style talk show on Tuesday Falling flat: After high praise from fans the night before, Davina was subject to harsher critique as she helmed the American-style talk show on Tuesday

Falling flat: After high praise from fans the night before, Davina was subject to harsher critique as she helmed the American-style talk show on Tuesday

Auto-boo! The issue seemed mostly to revolve around her auto-cue reading ability Auto-boo! The issue seemed mostly to revolve around her auto-cue reading ability

Auto-boo! The issue seemed mostly to revolve around her auto-cue reading ability

One wrote: 'Not watched a single episode of this new ITV Nightly Show, until now - get Davina on it every night and I'm sold!'  

The veteran presenter displayed her skills on her first episode which saw her interviewing Boy George and The Replacement actress Vicky McClure. 

Davina filled the show with references to her wild youth spent falling in and out of night clubs and added in jokes about vibrators and her married sex life, or lack thereof.

She made it clear from the beginning that the show would be a sweary one. 

'It's 10pm,' the fitness fan announced, 'so I'm going to say f*** and b*****ks as much as I like.'

On the sofa: The second of Davina's The Nightly Show episodes featured guests David Baddiel and Sara Cox On the sofa: The second of Davina's The Nightly Show episodes featured guests David Baddiel and Sara Cox

On the sofa: The second of Davina's The Nightly Show episodes featured guests David Baddiel and Sara Cox

Still got the moves: Viewers were delighted by Davina's foul-mouthed appearance and jokes about her married sex life, or lack thereof, the night before Still got the moves: Viewers were delighted by Davina's foul-mouthed appearance and jokes about her married sex life, or lack thereof, the night before

Still got the moves: Viewers were delighted by Davina's foul-mouthed appearance and jokes about her married sex life, or lack thereof, the night before

Her success came just days after former GBBO presenters Mel and Sue got 'cold feet' about hosting the beleaguered show.

An ITV insider told The Sun: 'It looked as though it was all but finalised, but they never quite signed on the dotted line.

'Unfortunately the talks collapsed when they decided they couldn’t possibly make their diaries fit with ITV and have had to turn down the offer.'

The positive reaction must be all the sweeter for Davina after her own BBC chat show, called Davina, was axed after just eight episodes a decade ago. 

A long wait: The initial positive reaction must have been all the sweeter for Davina after her own chat show, Davina, was axed by the BBC after just eight episodes a decade ago A long wait: The initial positive reaction must have been all the sweeter for Davina after her own chat show, Davina, was axed by the BBC after just eight episodes a decade ago

A long wait: The initial positive reaction must have been all the sweeter for Davina after her own chat show, Davina, was axed by the BBC after just eight episodes a decade ago

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