The BBC's decision to move its quiz show Weakest Link from BBC2 to BBC1 might have backfired as viewers are down since the switch.

The popular teatime quiz, hosted by Anne Robinson, has averaged 2.4m (16.3%) since the show moved on 11 February, 300,000 fewer viewers than earlier in the year when it was on BBC2. The most popular edition so far on BBC1 was on Wednesday (20 February) with 2.6m (17.3%).

Up to 8, February Weakest Link averaged 2.7m (17.3%) on BBC2 in the same 5.15pm slot. The most popular edition attracted 3.2m (19.1%) on 4 January with the least watched pulling in 2.5m (16.5%) on 15 January.

Despite losing some viewers, Weakest Link has improved BBC1's slot average for the year so far of 2.2m (14.4%).

The quiz, which launched in 2001, moved to the corporation's main terrestrial channel to replace Australian soap Neighbours, which moved to Five.

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