ITV1 axe Dermot O'Leary's The Marriage Ref after just one series

Dermot O'Leary

ITV1 has already axed The Marriage Ref, hosted by X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary, after just the one series. The UK version of the US show failed to take off, with less than 2 million viewers tuning in during Saturday night primetime. The poor ratings eventually saw the flop shifted to a later slot.

Today it was unsurprisingly confirmed the series - which sees a panel of comics decide who is right between arguing couples - would not be returning.

Just 1.8 million viewers tuned into the final episode on Saturday.

An insider told The Sun: "The Marriage Ref is definitely not coming back. Ratings were just not strong enough.

"The figures have to be higher than this for a prime-time Saturday night show to work."

Fortunately for both ITV and Dermot, The X Factor returns on August 20.

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