The BBC1 drama, which aimed to be a replacement for Spooks, has seen its average audience fall by nearly half over six episodes, with a plot that left many viewers, including BBC executives, confused.
BBC sources directly involved with commissioning the eight-part series from Kudos, the producer of Spooks, confirmed next week's eighth episode will be the last. "It hasn't found the mainstream audience it was hoped," said a BBC spokesperson.
The show's average overnight ratings have dropped from a debut of 4.5 million and a 19.3% share in early October to 2.6 million and an 11.2 share for last Thursday's sixth episode.
Last week Hunted was almost beaten by BBC2's Michael Portillo series Great Continental Railway Journeys, which averaged 2.5 million.