Mrs Brown’s Boys was a ratings flop on New Year’s Day.

The sitcom suffered another drop in viewing figures as just 3.7million fans tuned in for the latest special.

It marks the show’s lowest ratings in almost 10 years.

The episode was thrashed by Doctor Who and Corrie, which both pulled in around five million viewers.

A show insider said: “Mrs Brown’s Boys isn’t the ratings success it used to be. The latest viewing figures will be tough reading for its creator Brendan O’Carroll.”

A show insider said: “Mrs Brown’s Boys isn’t the ratings success it used to be. The latest viewing figures will be tough reading for its creator Brendan O’Carroll."

The blow for Mrs Brown’s Boys follows dismal ratings of 3.8million for the show on Christmas Day.

In 2013 the show was at its peak with more than 11million of us hooked.

Bosses at the BBC are said to be panicked by the drop in popularity.

The corporation has recently signed a deal to air the show every Christmas until 2026.

It comes a week after the Daily Star Sunday revealed former star Gary Hollywood is taking legal action over his time on the show.

The blow for Mrs Brown’s Boys follows dismal ratings of 3.8million for the show on Christmas Day

The actor, who played Dino Doyle, had lodged papers ahead of a tribunal.

He said: “I feel I wasn’t being paid equally and I wasn’t being given an explanation for decisions. When I tried to resolve it, nothing was done. I was just disregarded.

“But I won’t put up with it any more. I won’t be ­treated like that. This has gone too far. They shouldn’t do this to people.

“I am taking legal action. The papers have been lodged for a tribunal and the process has now started.”