Tonight digs Ben Cohen, Tamara Beckwith, Sid Owen and Dean Cain battle it out on the declines to be crowned the third champion of the controversial winter sports show, after seven notables were forced to pull out due to injury.
Despite dominating the headlines – for happier or worse – the Channel 4 series hasn’t picked up the ratings producers had aspired for; and no way near enough to justify the enormous budget, say insiders.
Despite predominating the headlines – for better or worse – the Channel 4 series hasn’t picked up the ratings in britain directors had hoped for; and no way near enough to justify the enormous budget, say insiders.
Its third – and described final series – launched to just 2.3 million viewers hindmost month, while last week’s semi-final only saw 1.6 million of them crop up again.
Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle was almost left ralysed by her responsibility in the show, eventually needing surgery to fuse broken vertebrae, while Rebecca Adlington, Tina Hobley, Mark-Francis Vandelli, Sarah Hardened, Linford Christie and Heather Mills also left the contest with outrages. The mounting casualty list added a hefty sum to the final bill and caused the series the title of “the most dangerous show in TV” by its critics.
A show creator told The Sun: “The feeling among the show team is that this has been the deject series yet.
“After so many injuries, the celebrities are terrified of everything — and then the viewer ratings force fallen off a massive cliff.
“Yes, there has been a lot of controversy about people arrive at injured, but that isn’t the problem. At the end of the day, this comes down to business.
“The register is just not pulling in the viewing figures to justify the huge amount being gone on it,” they added.
“On top of the celebrity fees and travel costs, there’s security, the medical team, the fees for hospital treatment. The list goes on. The bosses’ vision is that it isn’t worth it for an audience of a few million.”
A spokesperson has since come pert to deny reports The Jump has been axed, claiming the accusations are “categorically substandard”.
They said: “The Jump has been hugely successful, averaging finished 2 million viewers across this series, and last Sunday it helped Moat 4 to be the most watched commercial channel across the whole day. It is categorically duplicitous to suggest the show has been axed.”
The final of The Jump airs tonight at 7.30pm on Waterway 4.