BBC’s £30 million prime-time show ‘could face the axe’ due to dismal ratings – despite being renewed for a second series
It cost BBC bosses an eye-watering £30million to reboot the iconic show.
But the broadcaster’s risky decision to bring back the 90s hit show, Survivor, has not been the Saturday night TV saviour they were hoping for.
Survivor sees 18 contestants flown to the Dominican Republic, where they are stranded in a tropical location and divided into two tribes, competing against each other in a range of physical and mental challenges for rewards or immunity.
They are competing against each other to be named Sole Survivor and win £100,000.
Helmed by Joel Dommett, the BBC was hoping for a surefire hit among new fans, but the nostalgic hype has flopped as they suffer dismal ratings.
The BBC’s risky reboot of the 90s series Survivor could face the axe, despite originally being picked up for a second series (host Joel Dommett pictured)
Survivor sees 18 Britons taken to the Dominican Republic, where they are stranded in a tropical location and divided into two tribes, competing against each other in a range of challenges
The show’s applications for the second series have now been removed from the BBC’s website, despite submissions reportedly being open until February 16.
A new note was also added to the site advising that casting applications are now ‘paused’.
Comedian Joel, 38, who also hosts The Masked Singer UK, was hopeful of a second series in January but admitted there would be a lot of changes upon its return.
‘Fingers crossed… there’s a lot of stuff that we would do slightly differently,’ he told Metro.co.uk.
‘Like with every first series, it’s hard, so I think a second series would be amazing.
‘Everyone seems to really love it, so I’m excited that – hopefully – [we get to] do another one.’
A BBC Spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘No decision has been made.’
It comes after sources within the BBC say that some staff think it is a waste of licence fee payers’ money and the prospects of a second series has caused outrage.
It has become even more poignant in recent weeks after their remake of Gladiators was watched by six million people in an episode in January.
Helmed by Joel Dommett, the BBC was hoping for a surefire hit among new fans, but the nostalgic hype has flopped as they suffer dismal ratings
The show’s applications for the second series have now been removed from the BBC’s Take Part website, despite submissions reportedly being open until February 16
Despite having a solid lead in audience from Strictly’s seven million-plus viewers, Survivor was watched by 2.6million in the following slot.
One BBC insider told The Mail on Sunday in January: ‘It has come as a huge surprise that Survivor is coming back.
‘It is viewed by many within the Beeb as being a very expensive flop and the general view was that it should – and would – be canned.
‘To spend that amount of money on a programme that is watched by such few people surely is a silly way to spend public money.’
The launch of the first series pulled in 2.6million viewers – just over half the 4.5million who tuned in for Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel the previous Saturday in the 8.25pm spot.
Sunday’s repeat the following day dropped to 2.2million viewers, and was beaten by a repeat of the Antiques Roadshow on BBC Two.
BBC chiefs moved David Attenborough’s Planet Earth III from its Sunday 8pm slot to make way for Survivor as it was deemed such a huge priority.
Bosses at the network have been keen to find a Saturday night television show which will replicate the golden era when they had programmes such as The Generation Game.
The BBC were so keen to make it a success that they poached comedian Dommett, 38, from ITV where he hosts The Masked Singer.
Survivor, which is a global franchise, has been popular in America since it launched in 2000. ITV screened two series of it in 2001 and 2002.