The BBC’s new, controversial retelling of the ancient story of Troy is continuing to slide in ratings despite its Saturday evening time slot.
“Troy: Fall of a City” caused a lot of controversy, especially within the Greek community, by choosing to cast black actors in the Greek roles of Achilles and Zeus. Many accused the show of cultural revisionism and overt political correctness.
The audience for the show’s premiere reached 3.2 million viewers; however, other shows in the same time slot have easily surpassed 5 million viewers per episode. The most recent episode aired to only 1.6 million audience members. Fewer people seem to be coming back to “Troy: Fall of a City” week after week.
BBC and Netflix have invested a lot of money into the show, as each episode has a budget of around 16 million pounds.
If the show continues to do this poorly, it may be a very expensive mistake for the network.