CORONATION Street fans have complained the ITV soap is "too gory" for pre-watershed as Pat Phelan continues his murder spree in Weatherfield.
Ofcom received 662 complaints from viewers about "violent" scenes with many claiming they are too "harrowing" to air before 9pm.
ITV Ofcom are investigating Coronation Street after 662 viewers complained about violent scenes before the watershed
It comes as the soap's current villain Pat is behind a spate of deaths on the cobbles in recent months.
Last October he forced Andy Carver to shoot Vinny Ashford, he then killed Andy and last week he shot Luke Britton before torching his car.
There have been so many complaints about Phelan's crimes that the watchdog are currently assessing whether ITV has broken rules on "appropriate scheduling" and pre-watershed violence.
If the soap is found to be in breach of broadcasting regulations, ITV could be forced to pay a fine of up to £250,000, be banned from repeating the programme or they might have to issue a correction or statement.
ITV Phelan forced Andy to kill Vinny and then he turned the gun on him ITV Pat murdered Luke in violent scenes last week Coronation Street's Phelan shoots Luke Britton and then kills him in car explosion
A spokesman for ITV told the MailOnline: "Pat Phelan is well established as a villain in a long line of murderous Coronation Street villains, and his evil actions won’t have come as a surprise to viewers.
"The programme is always careful to limit the violence shown to a minimum to convey the drama and tell the story. We have responded to Ofcom."
Not only are some viewers unimpressed with the more violent scenes but so are some celebs and MPs.
Legendary broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson recently said the soap had become more like a "horror film than a family show".
ITV Other violent scenes have seen Kylie get stabbed to death on the street
Meanwhile, former actor and Tory MP Giles Watling, who is a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said responsibility lies with ITV.
"Broadcasters should have some sense of responsibility when dealing with these things," he said. .
Pat Phelan persuades Andy Carver to kill Vinny Ashford in a warehouse on Coronation Street
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