Since the final performance on the rink finished, few have wondered whether the ice-skating reality TV show Dancing On Ice would make it back onto ITV.
Despite steady viewing figures, the show had reached the end of its cycle, pirouetting away from Sunday nights for good, following in the footsteps of similarly popular shows.
Other shows that have been given the chop in recent months include BBC dramas Ripper Street and Being Human and ITV’s Whitechapel, which had received rave reviews from critics and viewers alike.
However, there seems to be a growing trend for revivals, the most recent example of which is sitcom Birds of a Feather, which moved over to ITV after an absence of nearly two decades.
Back for good
Some TV comebacks have been wildly successful, as proved by Doctor Who, but some have fallen by the wayside, particularly on ITV. After being brought back twice, Midlands-set soap Crossroads was binned unceremoniously by the network’s bosses following disastrous viewing figures, but will they learn their lesson should they decide to bring back an old favourite?
As far as Dancing On Ice is concerned, according to Ladbrokes, the show looks like remaining off our screens for good.
The bookmakers are offering odds of 4/7 that we have seen the last of the series, while it’s a 6/4 chance that the show will return. About the chances of a comeback for the show, Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “The chances of Dancing On Ice returning are melting quickly, and as far as the odds are concerned it’s unlikely there will be another series.”
By popular demand
Dancing On Ice had a large following during its run and the show isn’t alone in having loyal viewers wanting a return.
Other shows like science programme Tomorrow’s World have had their fans pester TV execs to re-commission these shows, only for their pleas to fall on deaf ears. Despite that, some comebacks can be successful, while the show’s stars believe a comeback could work.
In the event of Dancing On Ice being back on our screens, the odds of Jayne Torvil and Christopher Dean performing a Bolero in their famous purple outfits are just 2/1. Should they come back, expect millions to tune in.