ITV axes ‘Monroe’

ITV ‘Monroe‘ axed after two series after ratings fall against BBC One’s ‘New Tricks.’

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ITV has announced that the medical drama, ‘Monroe‘ starring James Nesbitt as a brilliant neurosurgeon, supported by Sarah Parish and Tom Riley as medical staff in St Matthews hospital has been axed.

Produced by Mammoth Screen the series was created and written by Peter Bowker and ran for two series with the first series attracting a consolidated audience of 5.45m (21.38%). An additional 206k (1.08 %) watched on time-shifted ITV1. However the second series suffered up against BBC One’s long running Cop show ‘New Tricks‘ with the ratings falling to an average of 3.79m (13.81%). A further 302k (1.59 %) watched an hour later on ITV1+1.

An ITV spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that Monroe will not be returning. It has been a fantastic series, which we have been proud to have on the channel, but continuing to refresh our slate is an important part of the creative process for ITV Drama.”

Source: Broadcast