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.
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