Dancing On Ice 2013: Torvill & Dean insist show won't be axed

Torvill and Dean (Dancing On Ice 2013)

Dancing On Ice 2013 won't be the last series, Torvill & Dean have insisted.

It was claimed earlier this month that ITV bosses were considering axing the falling reality show after eight years.

DOI's ratings decline has continued this year, with last week's latest live show getting the lowest viewing figures in its history.

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

“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.”

However Christopher Dean said this weekend: “We are very hopeful we will be back for the ninth series next year and then the tenth the year after that.

“We still have a really good core audience which we’ve had from the beginning."

He told the Daily Star Sunday: “So as long as ITV want us we will continue. We were part of the ­creation of Dancing On Ice right from the beginning, so we are very invested in the show.

“We want it to be as good as it can be and I think this year is the best yet.”

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But Chris did concede that ratings were down, but blamed it all the adverts, something which everyone can agree on has an impact.

“Ratings are down across the board. There are so many channels and so much choice nowadays," he told the newspaper. “For a show like ours, which is on for an hour-and-a-half, we are up against people who record it so they can fast-forward all the ad breaks.”

Dancing On Ice 2013 continues tonight on ITV.

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