We've covered the poor television ratings of So You Think You Can Dance on TellyMix quite a bit over the last few weeks, and nothing looks set to change for the niche reality dance competition. Last weekend's first live show attracted just 3.6 million viewers, compared to ITV1's rival Britain's Got Talent which pulled in over 10 million.
The current series of the show - hosted by Cat Deeley alongside judges Louise Redknapp, Arlene Phillips and Nigel Lythgoe - is well down on last year's solid if unspectacular ratings of around 6 million, and Beeb bosses are getting worried. "Saturday was a real hammer blow for BBC1 bosses," a source told The Mirror.
"It was blown out of the water all night by ITV," the insider continued, "So You Think You Can Dance has been picked out as the weak link. Everyone knows Britain’s Got Talent is going to get huge viewing figures, but BBC1 should be right up there with the rest of the schedule.
“But it looks as though viewers have got bored of So You Think You Can Dance, which has gone into freefall in terms of viewing figures.
“Producers are struggling to halt the decline, and senior bosses have lost patience with the format. It’s unlikely there’ll be another series.”
BBC One was slaughtered by ITV1 in primetime on Saturday, with ITV's schedule attracting a whopping 31% audience share to the BBC's 16%.