Red Or Black? to be axed – Daily TV round-up

Simon Cowell's ITV gameshow 'Red or Black?' is to be axed due to falling ratings, according to reports.

TV flop: Red Or Black? is reportedly facing the axe (Credit: ITV)

Just over four million tuned in to watch the show on Saturday night, despite it giving away a jackpot prize of £1.5 million.

The last series fared no better, with a budget of £15 million but audience numbers only hovering around five million, while it was slammed by critics.

It was also dogged by controversy, after it emerged that one of its first £1 million winners Nathan Hageman had been convicted of attacking his ex-girlfriend.

It's thought that presenters Ant and Dec are keen to leave the show to work on other projects.

A source told The Sun that '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.

“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,” added the insider “Their focus is on ‘I’m A Celebrity’ and ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’.” [The Sun]

Also in today's press

'The X Factor's ratings have slipped again, dropping to 8.2 million, three million down from the same time last series. [Metro]

The third series of 'Sherlock' is likely to be the last, due to the growing fame of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Both actors are enjoying blossoming careers in Hollywood. A source told the Daily Express that 'Benedict and Martin love ‘Sherlock’. It’s been fabulous for both of them but it’s a question of schedules'. [Daily Express]

Former 'Holby City' star Jeremy Edwards was attacked by thugs who were trying to steal his Rolex watch. The actor was reportedly set upon by two men outside his London home, and was left with a badly cut eye, a broken thumb and cuts to his ankle and wrist. [The Sun]