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ITV axe two top slot flops.

Byline: NICOLA METHVEN

TWO TV shows were axed from primetime slots by ITV chiefs yesterday because of dismal ratings.

The comedy drama Fortysomething and the gameshow Judgement Day have flopped badly with viewers.

Comic actor Hugh Laurie's TV comeback in Fortysomething, as a father going through a mid-life crisis, lost two million viewers by its second episode last Sunday.

Figures fell from 6.2million to 4.3million.

The show will be shunted to a graveyard 11pm slot on Saturday nights.

Judgement Day, hosted by Brian Conley, launched with a paltry 3.3million viewers a fortnight ago but had lost 200,000 of those by last Saturday.

The rest of the series is set to return in a different slot after a break.

ITV had its lowest ever Saturday night ratings - a 16 per cent share of viewing - last month.

An ITV insider said: "We've had a terrible few weeks and this is why we've taken some action."

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Date:Jul 10, 2003
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