Arlene Phillips has said that the constantly changing timeslot of So You Think You Can Dance is to blame for its poor ratings. The BBC reality show is reportedly set for the axe once the current second series ends after ratings plummeted to less than 3 million on Saturday night.
Despite the show's huge success in the states, where is it currently in its eight series, the UK version of the show has failed to get off the ground. The first series of the dancing competition, hosted by Cat Deeley, was watched by around 4 million viewers in January last year. The current series however has fallen to lows of just 2.2 million viewers.
Arlene Phillips, who judges the show alongside Nigel Lythgoe, Louise Redknapp and Sisco Gomez, blamed the decline in a moving timeslot and more viewers deciding to watch the show online.
"Everyone can talk about ratings and generally I avoid talking about them. But I'm very surprised," Arlene told DigitalSpy. "I'm not sure it's a show to put on at 5.30pm. But even last week we got low viewing figures. Is it to do with sunshine? Probably not, because if you really want to watch something you will."
"The thing is that our online viewing has been incredibly high. Hits on the website have been extremely high. The problem, for me, is that I drop off watching anything when the time moves around. Is it 6.15? Is it 5.45? Is it 7.30? Is it 8.00? You just give up."
She continued: "I remember one year doing Strictly where they dotted it around and Brucie was saying, 'And don't forget, next week's show is on at...' I just thought, 'How will people remember?' It's 6.00, then it's 7.00, then it's 6.30 the next week. I find it quite confusing. What are you going to do? Write it down and put it in your handbag?"
So You Think You Can Dance: The Live Final kicks off this Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One.