The US version of 'The Wheel' has been axed.

Michael McIntyre created the show during lockdown

Michael McIntyre created the show during lockdown

The Saturday night game show - which was created by comedian Michael McIntyre - has proven to be a hit with TV viewers in the UK, but it's already been axed by NBC in the US after tanking in the ratings.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Michael was given a prime-time slot and millions of dollars was put into giving the show the best chance to succeed.

"The channel also booked some major US celebrities like Christina Ricci, Ricki Lake and Tony Hawk. But sadly it just did not capture the imagination of audiences.

"American fans did not warm to the show or the contest."

A senior source at NBC told the publication: "'The Wheel' is not returning."

Michael came up with the idea for the show during the COVID-19 lockdown, and the comedian previously revealed that he had to audition for his role on the programme.

The 47-year-old star - who launched 'The Wheel' in the UK in late 2020 - told The Sun newspaper: "It was a really mean thing. The Americans bought the show quickly on Zoom in lockdown.

"Everyone seemed to want it after it had been on for one or two weeks here, it was crazy.

"I’ve got all these Americans going, ‘We love the show’. And then they said yes, they want­ed to buy it. It was amazing.

"Then they were looking for a host and I just kept getting told I was in the running.

"We painstakingly made a teaser tape of all my best bits!"

Michael also confessed to being "obsessed with the ratings".

He shared: "I’ve always got an eye on what’s on the other channel, and I’m kind of obsessed with the ratings."