Dancing On Ice facing the axe after ratings fall behind Call The Midwife & Top Gear!

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Dancing On Ice is on very shaky ground, after facing another embarrassing blow last weekend.

Sunday’s show – which had a ‘Love’ theme inspired by this week’s Valentines Day – was the least watched instalment yet and it has been revealed that driving show Top Gear on BBC Two pulled in more viewers than the ice skating competition.

It’s been claimed that the latest episode – which saw Gareth Thomas topping the leaderboard and Jason Gardiner being mocked – attract just 6.5m viewers. The figure was 200,000 down on the previous instalment.

The result makes the edition one of the least watched episodes in the history of the ITV show, and things didn’t get any better on the results show. Only 5.1 million people returned to the channel to see Joe Pasquale and Keith Chegwin going head to head in the skate off and Joe being eliminated.

In this time slot, BBC Two’s Top Gear narrowly edged ahead in the ratings war bringing in 5.14m, while Call The Midwife ruled the roost on BBC One with an audience of 8.7m.

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The continuing fall in viewers has led to reports that ITV bosses are considering axing the show, and cancelling a ninth series for 2014.

During the first series approximately 13 million people tuned in to watch Gaynor Faye and Dan Whiston lift the first ever trophy in 2006.

The major ratings decline began last year and producers have tried a major shakeup to try and tempt the lost viewers to return. They replaced Louie Spence with former judge Jason Gardiner, brought back his arch nemesis Karen Barber to the panel at the same time and hired Pussycat Doll star Ashley Roberts to sit between then. They paid more than £1 million to hire Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, however she was later voted out during the first week’s show.

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Last Sunday Dancing On Ice scored only 6.7m viewers, and bosses were left red faced when it was revealed that BBC’s Countryfile had proved more popular.

‘There’s been a lot of chatter on set that there will not be a ninth series,’ a source told the Mirror. ‘The ­powers that be are unimpressed with viewing figures, ­especially considering how much it costs to produce… they don’t know what to do.

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‘It will be a big decision for ITV, because 6m viewers viewers is not to be sniffed at in this day and age. But the Sunday-night slot is as primetime as it gets and they’d be expecting more people to tune in.’

What do you think readers? Is it time for Dancing On Ice to retire and Torvill and Dean to hang up their skates? Watch the talented pair in all their glory and leave your comments below…..

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5 Responses to “Dancing On Ice facing the axe after ratings fall behind Call The Midwife & Top Gear!”

  1. steve says:

    if they get shut of christine bleakley the show might be better again its her thats done this nobody likes her and understand her and its says it all with a surname like that bleakley yes she has made the show very bleak indeed

  2. Hannah says:

    That’s because people record it and watch it later to fast forward on the adverts!
    Torvill and Dean are defo not ready to retire they’re amazing!!
    Don’t cancel it!

  3. Emma says:

    I really hope they don’t cancel it, it would be an awful shame and shows like Emmerdale have bad months were people 6-7 million people watch and they aren’t considering cutting it! I think that a lot of people still watch Dancing On Ice. How do they know how many record it or watch it on demand or on live stream? Thay don’t. It’s still a popular show. The only thing that could possibly do would try to get more celebs that younger people would know. I mean that got Pamela Anderson, great, fantastic but I’m 18and I don’t know anything about her. That is my only critisism of the show.

    I don’t think it should retire, and Torvill and Dean are absolute legends and deserve to have a show. If they do cancel DOI, I don’t think I will be the only one disappointed. As they said, 6m viewers are still there and still want to see it.

  4. Nataile says:

    There”s nothing wrong with the show its the changes they have made to it to make it better but it has made viewers less interested! They need to strip everything back and get the show back to basics. Get rid of Bleakly, bring back Holly and also they need to start getting Chris and Jane performing again at the start of every show! Give Chris and Jane more tv time, the viewers want to see them just as much as the contestants!Also Chris and Jane shouldn’t have to defend their routines to the judges. The show doesn’t need big shot celebs like Pamela Anderson because at it’s peak they were just regular celebs. Stop trying to compete with other reality shows like xfactor, and strip it back to it’s original roots! 6 million viewers is a lot to let down bu axing the show.

    • Anthony says:

      I completely agree with everything in this post. I would say, all of the above, and in addition, I think the judges need to be reviewed. I am sorry to say that bringing back Jason Gardiner was clearly not the answer. He was fired 2 years ago for a reason, and he hasn’t changed so why bring him back? We now have him, along with all the other reasons the show has declined. As well as this we have Ashley who knows absolutely nothing about skating. So both of these judges need replacing with credible people who know what they are talking about and who would respect the spirit of the show and re-create the interest the show deserves. It isn’t finished yet, but if they don’t listen to viewers then it soon will be.