Channel 10 has pulled Family Feud from the schedule with three episodes left in the can.
The new set of prime time specials were designed to showcase, support and highlight Aussie heroes in our community during the pandemic crisis, however sub 300k viewers in metropolitan ratings have led 10 to yank the show in favour of special event programming featuring Donald Trump and Prince William.
In most game show contracts there is a clause that an individual or family are not paid the ‘winnings’ until and if the show actually airs. TV Blackbox is not aware on whether the show’s participants have been paid out their winnings for the three episodes that have not aired.
This is not the first time 10 has done this with a Grant Denyer led series. His previous show Celebrity Name Game has several weeks of episodes in the can that have not aired, potentially leaving many Australians without winnings they earned on the show.
This is a case where networks choose between airing an episode, where production costs have already been incurred or saving money on not paying out contestants winnings by not airing the show.
Just this week it was reported by The Australian that Nine had chosen to pay contestants of Millionaire Hot Seat their winnings even though the episode had not been recorded. The entire episode had to be reshot, giving contestants the chance at two bites of the cherry.
10 has been quick to pull shows from the network with unaired episodes of Family Feud, Celebrity Name Game, Changing Rooms and The Children’s Hospital all sitting on the shelf. 10 Peach has pulled Nancy Drew and Charmed with no future return set and The Neighbourhood, Man with a Plan, #Dating No Filter and Mom (latest seasons) are collecting dust. A Million Little Things made an appearance on 10, switched to 10 All Access and has never been seen again. LA’s Finest and In the Dark have episodes to screen also.
10 was contacted by TV Blackbox for comment.