A week later, on Monday 15 March, when Ben Shephard appeared alongside Reid, that figure dropped to 895,700 viewers.
The slump comes as the programme continues without Morgan, who left the show last Tuesday following comments about Markle’s TV interview which prompted furious backlash online.
A day earlier, Morgan had said he “[doesn’t] believe a word she says”, after a clip was shared showing Markle had experienced suicidal thoughts.
The comments were condemned by members of the public, while the mental health charity Mind said the remarks had left them “disappointed and concerned”.
Morgan later clarified his stance on the issue last Tuesday and said: “On mental illness and suicide, these are extremely serious things and should be taken extremely seriously. If someone is feeling that way, they should get the treatment and the help that they need – every time.
“It’s not for me to question whether she felt suicidal … My real concern is a disbelief, frankly – and I am prepared to be proven wrong on this, and if I’m wrong, it is a scandal – that she went to a senior member of the royal household, told them she was suicidal, and was told she could not have any help.”
What I said on air today with regard to mental illness and suicide.
Cc @MindCharity 👇👇 https://t.co/2tIDQLBeO2