I'm sure we can provide the BBC with a list of shows that we won't miss if they're axed
As discussed earlier in the thread, sadly comedy can be much trickier to get right... and even successful comedy gets slagged off much more than a bad drama (Come Fly With Me is a big ratings hit, but has been moaned about in the press over the last six weeks... yet some crappy detective drama with worse ratings and a lower approval index doesn't get touched in the press).
What would you do if you're an under-pressure channel controller? Commission a studio-based sitcom that'll fill three hours of your schedule for about £4m, face some inevitable bad press in the process however good it is, and take the risk it might be a big flop (good names don't guarentee a good sitcom, just look at Lab Rats)... or commission a gameshow that fills two extra hours for half that price, and is much lower risk?
You can see why the easy option is sadly sometimes taken.
Personally I think this is actually one of a number of moves by the BBC to try and move themselves into a position to, a year or two down the line, ask the government for a re-evaluation. If they cut some of what we love, we'll perhaps be more willing to accept a bigger licence fee?!?
(Cutting the hideously over-paid middle managers would be a much easier cost-cut, but they've not gone for that!)