Ratings For ITV1′s Titanic Sinking!
The £12m mini-series, written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, opened with nearly 7 million viewers in March, but recent audience figures have been less than half!
Producer Nigel Stafford-Clark has stepped forward to accept responsibility for the decline.
Talking to The Guardian, Nigel admitted the show’s nonlinear storytelling, which sees the ship hit the iceberg in each episode, may have put viewers off.
“I have to accept that people have found it hard to get around. In that sense I am responsible,” he said.
“The scripts were very good. Julian is not in any way responsible for this. He wrote the scripts over 18 months to two years, it was not done in a hurry. The series was sold off the back of the script.”
Simon Vaughan, the executive producer who first pitched the idea of a TV drama to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking and raised co-production funding around the world, said when he began the project five years ago he had no idea there would be so much competition.
Although ratings haven’t been as high as ITV would have liked, the show is still being deemed a commercial success.
It has now been sold to almost 100 countries.
“As a piece of business it’s been exceptional, financially extremely valuable to everyone involved,” Vaughan said.
You can catch the concluding part of Titanic tomorrow, 15th April, at 9pm on ITV1.
If you can’t make it, you can buy the series on DVD from Monday 16th April!
Watch a trailer below:
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