Dermot O'Leary's 'The Marriage Ref' continues to flop with just 1.7 million viewers

Dermot O'Leary

We imagine the bosses at ITV can't wait until The X Factor starts next month having seen the ratings for last Saturday night. Dermot O'Leary's new show 'The Marriage Ref' continued its downward trend, this week dipping below 2 million viewers in the primetime 9PM slot - well below the usual audience of more than 5 million.

Just 1.73 million viewers tuned into the third episode at the weekend, down a whopping 4 MILLION viewers on the slot average of 5.73 million for ITV1.

Jonathan Ross' move to the channel hasn't paid off yet either, with Penn and Teller: Fool Us attracting just 2.9 million viewers an hour earlier. Hopefully his new chat show - which starts this autumn - will perform at least slightly better.

To add to the embarrassment for ITV, the two primetime shows hosted by top talent were both beaten by a repeat of You've Been Framed, which attracted 3.05 million viewers from 18:45.

Things weren't all too great on BBC One either, Lee Mack’s All Star Cast saw a series low with 3.15 million viewers in his late night slot.