Gordon Ramsay’s bank balance has been wiped out after just one run.
The 54-year-old chef’s show started on February 24 with more than two million viewers, but amid declining ratings and viewer confusion, the BBC confirmed the show would not be returning for a second series.
A BBC spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘There are currently no plans for a new batch of Bank Balances.’
Over and out: Gordon Ramsay’s bank balance abolished after just one run
The BBC One show aired nine episodes in February and attracted 2.7 million viewers at the height of its success.
The show, which was filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, isn’t over for good, though, as Chief Studio Ramsay is in talks with Fox to bring the program to the US.
With Bank Balance, participants tried to answer questions correctly to win stacks of gold bars and ultimately win a jackpot of up to £100,000.
In March, it was reported that viewership on the Bank Balance had fallen rapidly to only 1.6 million within two days.
Not to be: The 54-year-old chef’s show started on February 24 with more than two million viewers, but amid falling ratings and viewer confusion, the BBC confirmed the show would not be returning for a second series
BBC bosses are reportedly considering ‘pulling the plug on the game’ with the ‘future at stake’.
A source told The daily star: ‘The top of the BBC already say they don’t know if they want to commit to a second series. The future is at stake.’
The new show would have been a “big gamble” for the channel amid its big budget and primetime slot three nights a week.
MailOnline contacted a representative from the BBC, who declined to comment further.
The show was also criticized on social media for its “annoying” contestants, “confusing” lines and “cringe-worthy” chatter.
Foray: The BBC One show aired nine episodes in February, drawing 2.7 million viewers at the height of its success
Bank balance was beaten in the ratings by the final of ITV rival The Bay.
While other game shows such as The Chase drew 4.4 million viewers on last Wednesday’s 5 p.m. show, while Danny Dyer’s The Wall drew approximately 4 million viewers.
Bank Balance definitely left viewers unimpressed when it launched, with many fans having doubts about the show’s ‘slow moving’ format and ‘cheap set’.
Others were quick to compare the eye-catching gold set to the TARDIS, a famous time machine featured on BBC’s sci-fi staple Doctor Who.
TV critics were similarly scathing, with Christopher Stevens of the Daily Mail giving the show a two-star rating.
Risk: The show, which was filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, isn’t over for good, though, as chief’s Studio Ramsay is in talks with Fox to bring the program to the US
“I think it’s one and ready for me with #GordonRamsaysBankBalance,” one viewer tweeted. “There is no excitement or pace to the show, everything feels labored and takes way too long and the rules have to be changed.”
During the show, a team of two contestants answer questions from 12 topic categories and are awarded gold bars for correct answers.
As it builds up, the precious metal must be strategically stacked on a precariously balanced platform like a four-way seesaw so that the stacks stay put.
If the weighting is wrong, the whole bunch will fall to the floor, meaning the game is over for that team; but make sure the balance is right – and negotiate the 12 rounds of questions too – and the pair could hit the £100,000 jackpot.
Though Gordon called the instructions “simple,” viewers were stunned.
Some compared it to Friends’ fictional game show “Bamboozled,” which famously had complicated rules.
New Series: The show sees a team of two contestants answer questions from 12 topic categories and be awarded gold bars for correct answers (shown, the bars)
In his review, Stevens pointed to Ramsay’s apparent unease on set, writing: ‘It’s clear within minutes that he doesn’t have the television skills for this show because he just can’t think on his feet. Without a scripted quip, he plods, ten seconds behind the action.
His first contestants, brother and sister Tosin and Tobi, were a polished double act of vociferous braggarts. They bickered like children and would have been a gift to a real game show host. Alexander Armstrong and Joe Lycett wake up praying for a couple like this in the studio.
Gordon had no idea what to do with it. He acted like a maitre d’ in a restaurant, politely waiting to the side for his customers to finish their public queue. Weeping with embarrassment, he broke in: ‘Psst! I’m still here, you know’.’
However, a handful of Twitter users were happy to see Ramsay take on a new role, with one saying she “lives” for him as a game show host.
Struggle: The series was criticized on social media for its ‘annoying’ contestants, ‘confusing’ rules and ‘cringe-worthy’ chatter
Bank balance was only beaten by ITV in its slow time, with 3.38 million viewers tuning in to the latest episode of The Bay, while 1.41 million turned on BBC Two for the documentary Trump Takes on the World.
The show also lost half of viewers who tuned in to The Repair Shop, which drew a solid 5.2 million when it aired on BBC One an hour earlier.
BBC bosses have taken a huge gamble on bank balances by broadcasting the 10-episode series three nights a week in the 9pm prime slot.
The launch numbers were decidedly lower than other game shows on the channel, including Michael Jackson’s The Wheel, which brought in about five million viewers, and Danny Dyer’s The Wall, which took in four million.
Gordon previously admitted that he “needed room to breathe” as the game show host.
He explained, “I wasn’t going to be completely confident about becoming a phenomenal game show host, I wanted to be myself.
‘And I think, on the back of that level of support from the BBC, and not’ [putting me] in a straitjacket I needed room to breathe.
“And so there’s something pretty dynamic about getting a show at 9pm.”
We don’t like it! Viewers were unimpressed, wondering how the TV show was ever commissioned
And the “Hell’s Kitchen” star insisted he was “driven” for the show’s contestants to do well.
He added: “These are real people going through uncomfortable, difficult, traumatic times. And £100,000 is pretty life-changing money.
There’s nothing wrong with saying to them, “I want you to do it right… [annoyed] if you don’t win.
“It’s a tough show to launch, and there are so many moving parts, so you have to be versatile, caring, firm but fair, and driven to get the participants some money. And if they don’t do it right, I feel bad, I take it personally.’
How do you follow it? Though Gordon called the instructions “simple,” viewers were baffled, with some comparing it to Friends’ fictional game show “Bamboozled.”