Daytime medical drama, The Royal Today, has yet to be re-commissioned for a second series. The ITV drama ended its first season, which comprised of 50 thirty minute episodes, several weeks ago but ITV has yet to decide on the drama’s future. The spin-off from nostalgic 60’s drama, The Royal, failed to attract big audiences or warm the critics.
Although it launched with two million viewers the show soon saw figures fall below the million mark – hardly a healthy figure. ITV were hoping the drama would be a big success and rival the BBC’s long running series, Doctors, but its failure to take off has left ITV with egg on its face. The Royal Today was launched with a string of other shows designed to revitalize the ITV schedules but all of them failed to capture big audiences. Our sources within ITV say the shows future is still uncertain, a fate also be falling fellow soap Echo Beach. The future of both shows hangs in the balance and it certainly doesn’t look good for The Royal Today.