Outcasts Struggles In The Ratings

Episode three sees another drop in viewers

Episode three of the BBC’s lavish new sci-fi series, Outcasts , only drew a worryingly low 2.95 million viewers last night, beaten in the 9pm slot by ITV1’s The Biggest Loser (which proved not to be). Tonight, the fourth episode could be in for an even rougher ride, because, as writer Ben Richards rather ironically pointed out on his Twitter Feed, “Still tonight we’re only up against Big Fat Gypsie s and The Brits so I’m confidently expecting a lift.” The man deserves a brave face award. My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding is, if you hadn’t heard, attracting audiences in excess of seven million on Channel 4.

It’s a shame, because for all its faults, Outcasts is improving, and there are even better episodes on the way. But this seems like a low from which it would be impossible for the show to bounce back sufficiently to guarantee a second season which is especially irritating as (spoiler wanrning – highlight to read) the first series ends on a cliffhanger .