ITV show cancelled over falling ratings

The Bill will be shelved in the autumn after 27 years.

The long-running police drama has been cancelled because of falling ratings.

‘The Bill has been a fixture on our screens for more than 25 years and has been the home of some of the UK’s best serial drama storylines, and a great showcase for terrific scriptwriting and fine acting talent,’ says ITV boss Peter Fincham.

‘But times change, and so do the tastes of our audience. Whilst The Bill will come to an end in 2010, we will continue to invest more in drama programming than any other commercial broadcaster in the UK and viewers can look forward to a wide range of high quality drama on ITV1.’

The Bill was averaging 3.5million viewers compared to the 7million achieved in 2002.