Tom Daley’s Splash! faces axe after audience slump

February 18, 2014
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Tom Daley fans may have to contend with seeing less of him on Saturday nights, following reports Splash! is facing the axe.

The Sun quotes a show source saying: “Splash! has been great fun and really captured the mood after the 2012 Olympics but ITV aren’t sure it will stand the test of time.

“At the moment they’re looking at ideas to replace it as well as more ideas for Tom.”

4.4 million viewers watched Saturday’s final in which Diversity star Perri Kiely won the top prize – but this was two million down on last year’s final.

BBC One primetime rival The Voice pulled in 8.7 million viewers, continuing its strong performance.

An ITV spokesperson said: “No decision has yet been made”.

Gay Brazilian diver Ian Matos last month said he had been inspired to come out after seeing Daley’s December YouTube video.

In the video, Daley revealed of being in a same-sex relationship. He later confirmed the identity of the man as Hollywood star Justin Lance Black.

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