Looks like Downton Abbey was just too fierce of competition for the revamped Upstairs Downstairs:
The BBC admitted the costume drama was too expensive for its lower-than-expected ratings.
Just over four million tuned in to the last episode — down more than two million over the series. Each show is estimated to cost £900,000.
Eleven million tuned in to ITV’s similar drama, Downton Abbey.
The BBC now wants to plough cash into bankable shows such as Call the Midwife, which beat Downton this year.
A source said: “Upstairs Downstairs was a popular show when we brought it back after all those years, but interest soon waned.
“Downton is a dominant force in that area, so there was no point a similar show for fewer viewers.”