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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 12:02 GMT 13:02 UK
ITV to drop Celebrity Wrestling
Celebrity Wrestling
Kate Thornton (centre) is the main host of Celebrity Wrestling
High-profile ITV show Celebrity Wrestling has been dropped from schedules after poor ratings.

The show, which saw 12 personalities train and fight each other, was part of ITV's primetime schedule but failed to compete with the relaunched Doctor Who.

The show will go out at 1830 BST this Saturday but it is not known what will happen to the final four episodes.

ITV said the show had enjoyed a "strong start", but ratings fell to 2.6 million viewers on Saturday.

An ITV spokeswoman said: "Despite a strong start bringing in a large share of younger viewers to ITV1, in the last couple of weeks we have seen that share fall and as a result have decided to take Celebrity Wrestling out of the schedule.

"Kate Thornton and the team did a great job in what turned out to be a very competitive time slot in the Saturday night schedule. "
Doctor Who
The relaunched Doctor Who has proved a ratings hit

The show began on 23 April with ratings of 3.8 million and a 21 % share of the audience but lost viewers week on week.

Doctor Who on BBC One attracted 10.5 million viewers in its first week but this has now settled down to an average of 7.5 million, and a 40% audience share.

Celebrity Wrestling contestants include Ex-EastEnders actor Marc Bannerman, former tennis star Annabel Croft, Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton and reality TV regulars James Hewitt and Jeff Brazier.

ITV will be pinning its hopes on its next big reality TV show Celebrity Love Island, which begins on 16 May.

It will follow 12 celebrities enjoying themselves at luxury Fijian resort as viewers vote for who they think would make the best couple.





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