Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance faces axe after just two weeks as ratings plummet

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Gordon Ramsay ’s new game show is facing the axe after just two weeks on air.

Bank Balance has been a ratings flop for the BBC and insiders say it is “highly unlikely” it will return for a second series.

A source said: “Bank Balance has been an unmitigated disaster. Gordon is having a nightmare that’s worse than anything he’s dealt with in the kitchen. His attempt at a new career has fallen flat.

“The top brass at the BBC are already saying they don’t know if they want to commit to a second series. Its future is hanging in the balance.”

Bank Balance was given a bumper budget by the Beeb with a top prize of £100,000.

It was also handed the plum 9pm slot three nights a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

But it has failed to deliver good ratings for the corporation.

Its first episode on February 24 was watched by 2.9million.

Within just two days around half of those had switched off and it dropped to 1.5million.

Ratings over the past week have been just as dismal.

Our source said: “The BBC splashed the cash to make Bank Balance work, but it just isn’t popular.

“Its viewing figures are well below the average for its slot on BBC One.”

Viewers have criticised the show’s complicated format as well as Gordon’s presenting style.

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It was also panned by critics, who said it deserved a daytime slot.

The current series is due to finish on Friday.

A decision over its future is due to be made by execs within weeks.

The BBC last night confirmed they are yet to decide if there will be a second series.

A spokeswoman told us: “It’s still on air with another week to go, so there is obviously no decision yet.”

It returns to BBC on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC.

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