Almost 2.4 million people watched

the start of the new season of

The Masked Singer

yesterday, Stichting KijkOnderzoek reports.

This makes the RTL 4 program presented by Ruben Nicolai by far the best viewed program on Friday evening.

The program, in which celebrities perform masked and a panel has to guess who is hiding behind the masks, is far from achieving its own viewing figure record.

More than four million people watched last season's finale.

Other programs that were shown simultaneously with the singing show attracted a lot less viewers;

for example,

Flikken Rotterdam


to reach about 900,000 viewers on NPO 1.

The game program

2 voor 12

, which was shown on NPO 2, reached 875,000 viewers.

The Masked Singer

is in the top 3 of most watched programs followed by the

NOS Journaal

of 8 p.m., where almost 1.4 million people watched.

In third place is

RTL Nieuws

from 7.30 pm, with almost 1.3 million viewers.