Marriage Ref axed after one series

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 August 2011
Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

ITV1 Saturday night show 'The Marriage Ref' has been axed after just one series after failing to win over viewers

'The Marriage Ref' has been axed after just one series.

Bosses of the ITV1 show - which is hosted by Dermot O'Leary and features celebrities giving couples marital advice - had hoped the programme would become a prime-time Saturday night hit, but it never really took off, with ratings falling to just 1.7 million.

Despite TV chiefs moving the series from its prestigious 9pm slot to a later time of 10pm and viewing figures going up slightly, it could not be saved from the axe.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "'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."

However, the station is "still committed" to Dermot and looking forward to his return on 'The X Factor'.

Dermot was thrilled when he was named as the host of 'The Marriage Ref'.

He said at the time: "It's a great show and the kind of thing I want to present because it's not your usual show. It's something I'd watch. I'd never do a gameshow. ITV have big plans for it, so fingers crossed."

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