BBC entertainment has dropped both That Puppet Game Show and I Love My Country after disappointing ratings.

The high profile Saturday night commissions were both well down on their slot averages. The BBC said that while it was “proud of both shows and grateful to the teams involved, they didn’t find the audience we hoped for. We have to make choices to bring new shows through.”

Avalon Scotland’s I Love My Country was based on a Talpa format but did not achieve the success of its Dutch stablemate The Voice. It played in July and August at 7.30pm and averaged 2.8m (16%) across eight parts.

That Puppet Game Show was a co-production between BBC In-House Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company. It ran for six episodes over the summer, averaging 1.6m (11.2%) at 5.15pm.