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MAKING IT AUSTRALIA relegated to Saturday nights after poor ratings

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Channel 10’s new series has flopped against the competition, with the network making swift changes to their programming schedule.

TV Tonight has today reported 10’s series Making It Australia will be moved to a 6:00pm Saturday night timeslot after poor performance on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Faced against Seven’s SAS Australia and Nine’s The Block in the 7:30pm timeslot, the series drew a lowly 289,000 metro viewers for its fifth episode just last night.

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In what is so far the worst programming commission amongst commercial networks in the 7:30pm slot of the year, Making It started off with a limited audience, as only 474,000 viewers tuned in for the premiere episode two weeks ago.

A Network 10 spokesperson told TV Blackbox:

“We are very proud of Making It Australia but unfortunately it hasn’t performed as we had hoped. It will move to the family friendly time of 6pm Saturday, from 2 October.”

Last night’s figures were down 13.6% metro week on week, and down 13.4% nationally. Among 25-54s, the show was down 22% metro week on week, and 17% nationally.

In its place, the Graham Norton Show will air on Wednesday’s at least for the next two weeks, while Prince Phillip: The Royal Family Remembers will air on Thursday October 7, and an Ambulance Australia rerun on Thursday October 14.

Making It Australia sees 13 talented makers showcasing their artistic genius, unique skills and passion for their DIY craft. Hosted by Susie Youssef and Harley Breen, the series is judged by award-winning Production Designer Deborah Riley and renowned Paper Engineer Benja Harney.

So far, five contestants have been eliminated, with nine still in the running to become the winner, and take home the $100,000 grand prize.

The metro ratings progression for the series so far is as follows:
September 15th: 474,000
September 16th: 401,000
September 22nd: 325,000
September 23rd: 347,000
September 29th: 289,000


New MAKING IT AUSTRALIA episodes now air 6pm Saturdays on 10 and 10 Play.

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Matthew Simmonds
Matthew Simmonds
Matthew Simmonds is a journalist and blogger, with a keen interest in the world of Reality TV. He loves exploring both what’s happening in front of the camera but also how the magic comes together behind the scenes. If not glued to the TV bingeing one of the newest obsessions or a timeless series, you’ll find Matthew endlessly scrolling through Twitter (and he may even tweet a time or two). Matthew graduated from a Bachelor Degree in Communication, majoring in Journalism, at the Queensland University of Technology in 2022.

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  1. Pity, not a bad show if you like that sort of thing, but up against some pretty tough competition.

  2. Just wanting to to let you know i really like Making It Australia and hope there’ll be more seasons of it. I also really like the two hosts and the judges-this sort of show is my kind of thing as i’m quite creative myself and like seeing what the contestants come up with. Probably a good idea to move it to a Saturday Night though. Andrea

  3. It was a good idea terribly executed. Good hosts and contestants, but they were let down by a concept that saw people very good at their particular specialty being pitched into totally different ones, with ridiculously short timeframes, thus guaranteeing results at the level of a school project. Quite embarrassing for them. Needed to be conceptualised far more intelligently.

  4. Settled in tonight to watch Making It Australia and a sequinned Graham Norton appeared – not happy! I enjoyed watching Making It Australia and had just recommended it to friends who were going to watch it tonight for first time. The Masked Singer, The Dog House, Making It Australia, The Living Room and The Cheap Seats have got me relaxing in front of the TV and engaged for the first time in a very long time. Don’t thing Channel 10 is reading the room.

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