The BBC has revealed it is to drop ridiculous game show Don’t Scare The Hare after just three episodes of the show have aired. Despite being described as “an innovative new format” game show, the series has only managed to challenge just how low ratings can go for the channel on Saturday nights.
The debut episode got off to a terrible start with just 1.93 million viewers, failing to 1.3 million the next week.
The BBC’s entertainment controller Mark Linsey told Broadcast: “Obviously Hare is not going well. It was a huge risk we took – it’s co-hosted by an animatronic hare – and while it’s proved successful with children, we were hoping there would be enough knowingness within the show to draw in the adults. There wasn’t enough of that, which is where it fell down.”
Meanwhile Tim Hincks, top man at the programme makers Endemol, added: “The team and I are fine but I am genuinely concerned that this news may scare the hare.”
The series got off to a bad start with original narrator Miranda Heart pulling out of the programme, presumably after learning it wasn’t a parody but a serious attempt at a family game show. Comic Sue Perkins took over narration, while gadget show host Jason Bradbury presents alongside giant robot hare.
Critics panned the programme, with one saying: “Even toddlers would have found the games dull and Jason creepy.”