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'Red or Black?' facing axe from ITV after poor ratings?

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Red or Black? is reportedly facing the axe from ITV.

The Ant & Dec game show has struggled in the ratings for its second series, despite giving out £1.5 million in prize money on Saturday (September 8).

Ant & Dec presenting Red or Black

© ITV



ITV bosses have stated that they can't continue to cover the show's high costs, while Ant & Dec are looking to focus on other projects, according to The Sun.

The first and second series of The X Factor has averaged around five million viewers, with just over four million watching Graham Fletcher take home the top prize on Red or Black? on Saturday.

Red or Black Episode 1: Carol Vorderman (Red) with Ant and Dec

© ITV / Syco TV

Red or Black Episode 1: Rick Smith Jr (Red) and Javier Jarquin (Black) with Ant and Dec

© ITV / Syco TV



Ant & Dec have reportedly told friends that they do not like pre-recording Red or Black? as they prefer to present their shows live.

"Ant and Dec have a huge, loyal fanbase but if a format doesn't interest people then there is only so much they can do", a source said.

"They have done two series and it still hasn't worked. They're not jumping up and down about it, but it's highly unlikely they'll make more.

"Their focus is on I'm A Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway."

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