Adrian Chiles to face the boot from Daybreak?
- Bang Showbiz
- 21 April 2011
Adrian Chiles could face the chop from 'Daybreak' as ITV bosses consider a revamp of the show in the wake of revelations that it is one of the post unpopular programmes on TV
Adrian Chiles could face the chop from 'Daybreak' as ITV bosses consider a show revamp.
New leaked industry figures from the Audience Appreciation Index (AI) have revealed the morning programme is one of the most unpopular shows on TV, with viewers branding the it "trivial and lacking in identity".
However, with viewing figures for 'Daybreak' - which launched last September at a cost of £15 million, including huge payouts to Adrian and co-host Christine Bleakley - still standing at just 800,000, TV chiefs are reportedly growing increasingly concerned the show's unpopularity could have a "knock-on effect" on the rest of the channel.
An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "A number of big changes are being considered now because the ratings are simply not good enough. Bosses were very patient about the low audience figures, hoping they would slowly improve over time.
"But research is suggesting that 'Daybreak' is now damaging the station's entire daytime schedule. That simply won't be tolerated. We don't want these figures to have a knock-on effect, so there are still big changes that need to be made.
"Adrian has done well hosting the football and his own primetime show on ITV, but reviews of him at breakfast time are not good. It could be that removing him as a host is a change that is needed."
Following the results of the new AI Index - a daily poll of 20,000 people to track viewer satisfaction - an ITV spokesperson admitted bosses would be making "necessary changes" in the hope of increasingly the popularity of the show.
The spokesperson said: "'Daybreak' has not performed as well as we had hoped.
"We are delighted in the steady growth in audiences for 'Daybreak' since the turn of the year with average audiences of 800,000. We are committed to an ongoing dialogue with our audience.
"We've listened to feedback, constantly looked at the programme ourselves, making adjustments and invested in the editorial where necessary. We will continue to do so. We are fully committed to Adrian and Christine as the faces of 'Daybreak'."