The comedian may not have stormed the ratings with his first show, but he gets big guests and is improving fast - a recipe for success.Mark Jefferies, Radio Times, 28th March 2014
The Michael McIntyre Chat Show reportedly won't be returning to screens after its current run ends.Sarah Deen, Metro, 24th March 2014
It takes experience and steel nerves to control a difficult interviewee. The problem is, Michael McIntyre is not a journalist. He's a family comedian, as abrasive as a butterball.Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 21st March 2014
Michael McIntyre's new chat show is losing viewers perhaps because of his 'ego', but Ava Vidal wants to know what's wrong with having a good sense of self-esteem? Far better that than being crippled by self-doubt.Ava Vidal, The Telegraph, 21st March 2014
Although I knew the programme was coming, I did feel that it received very little in the way of promotion before it aired last Monday. I have to say I didn't expect much going in, primarily as it was placed in the dreaded 10:35 slot for shows that BBC One aren't that proud of. To his credit McIntyre proved to be an endearing presence, as he often is, although he really didn't ask his guests that many probing questions.
One of the things that irritated me the most about McIntyre was the fact that he continually broke the fourth wall, whether that was to inform Lily Allen that somebody was talking to him in his ear or the pre-credit sequence in which we saw him talk to the audience ahead of the show itself. In fact McIntyre seemed more at home addressing the audience than he did when he was forced to go into chat show host mode.
His interactions with the crowd provided the funniest moments especially when he played the first ever round of 'Send to All'.
Though not as bad as some celebrity-fronted chat shows, especially the one that Allen herself hosted, I don't think that McIntyre really suits the chat show format in a way that others such as Alan Carr and Graham Norton do. Thankfully his likeability shines through which doesn't make watching the programme a chore, but at the same time I don't think I'd ever choose to watch it again.The Custard TV, 17th March 2014
I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that The Michael McIntyre Chat Show needs some work. It appears at the minute that the host is stuck between two worlds: Chat and Observation.Matthew McLane, UK TV Reviewer, 11th March 2014
This show was trailed by a BBC announcer saying, "Stepping into the shoes of the chat-show greats..." but on the evidence of this first outing Michael McIntyre is good at being chirpy and making slurping noises, but not much else.Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk, 11th March 2014