The Biggest Loser Is Going Going Gone But TEN Are Still Sticking With Reality TV
If you are on the KFC Biggest Loser diet to get on the show next year, put the bucket of fried chicken down now. According to the SMH The Biggest Loser is to be axed by TEN due to the poor response it received by viewers.
The other show that will be gone as well is So You Think You Can Dance Australia. It never recovered from premiering against My Kitchen Rules and The Block.
The article states:
“We are happy to invest our money in reality but we have to find the right format,” [Hamish] McLennan says. “We are looking at so many different formats at the moment … The Biggest Loser is one that is getting to the end of its life cycle.”
Ten’s problems aren’t just its programs but also its programming decisions. Dating reality series The Bachelor is the perfect example.
It was launched on a Sunday night against reality talent shows The X Factor and Australia’s Got Talent. After the second episode of The Bachelor attracted about 550,000 viewers it was moved to later in the week and from then on it started to gain momentum.
The finale was no.1 with more than 1.1 million viewers, showing if Ten gets it’s programming right, it can attract a decent audience.
McLennan admits Ten has to lift its game.
“It’s a really complex issue (programming),” he says. “It’s the type of show we produce and the scheduling of that show and you have to get them working in unison and it’s fair to say we haven’t nailed that.”
McLennan says despite the poorer than expected figures from its two reality shows, The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance, network bosses weren’t backing away from the reality format.
They still have successful cooking series MasterChef and The Bachelor to come and Recipe To Riches will start production soon.
“We like reality, The Bachelor was really good for us last year and it will be even better this year, the issue is we have a few formats that are tired in their life cycle.”
Any ideas for TEN on some good reality formats?