Thursday 17 April 2014

Jonathan Ross wins new series for ITV despite low ratings

Jonathan Ross

A fourth series of The Jonathan Ross Show has been commissioned by ITV despite its winning fewer viewers than a party political broadcast by the Conservatives.

What a strange hold Jonathan Ross has over broadcasters. Despite his Saturday night programme attracting so few viewers that it was beaten in the ratings on one occasion by a party political broadcast by the Conservatives, The Jonathan Ross Show has just been commissioned for a fourth series by ITV.

Ross left the BBC, which paid him a record £6 million per year, after he recorded obscene messages on the answerphone of Andrew Sachs, the elderly star of Fawlty Towers. His ITV chat show won fewer than 2 million viewers for one episode and was beaten every week by Graham Norton, who took his spot at the BBC.

An ITV spokesman confirms: "There is going to be a fourth series - it's already commissioned. I haven't got a confirmed date yet, but it'll be in 2013."

Tim Walker

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