It’s been revealed over the weekend that ITV are set to axe The Jonathan Ross Show as it’s failing to pull in viewers.
The Daily Star Sunday reported that in addition to receiving “dismal” ratings, the show’s production team have also failed to “lure A list guests” for the chat show that debuted on the channel two years ago.
The paper adds, “But ITV chiefs have told Ross, 52, they are keen for him to work on other projects for the channel.”
A show insider said, “It’s just not pulling in the ratings ITV want for a prime-time Saturday night show.
“Chat shows on commercial channels ¬often struggle because adverts ruin the flow of an interview.”
The show has repeatedly failed to land more than two million viewers, which, in comparison to Graham Norton’s chat show, which regularly pulled in four million viewers, makes it something of a flop.
The paper quotes a TV “expert” as saying, “ITV viewers seem to prefer shows like Take Me Out or Splash rather than in-depth chat.
“A lot of A-list stars seem to prefer chatting to Graham Norton or going on Alan Carr’s Chattyman on Channel 4.
“It means Wossy often has to make do with whoever is left.
“Norton has had Denzel Washington, Cameron Diaz and Quentin Tarantino just in the past month or so.”
However, as mentioned above, ITV is keen to retain Jonathan as a presenter, and he’s been lined up to front a new film review show that will air in April.
The show insider added, “The bosses know that Jonathan is a popular face and he could pull in big ratings if he is given the right format.
“He always said he wanted to do other projects as well as his chat show when he signed for ITV.”
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