TheChaseAus­tralia AN­DREW FEN­TON

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Deal or No Week­end The Chase Aus­tralia the rat­ings are noth­ing short of re­mark­able.

“That’s really grat­i­fy­ing be­cause it’s very sel­dom you have a show out­side of of­fi­cial prime-time hours that cracks the top 10, and we seem to be do­ing it with some reg­u­lar­ity and out­rat­ing a num­ber of mar­quee shows that are in prime time,” he says.

And those rat­ings are only set to in­crease through Au­gust thanks to Seven’s de­ci­sion to run The Chase through­out the Olympics, ex­pos­ing it to a whole new au­di­ence.

“It’s an­other great op­por­tu­nity,” O’Keefe says.

“I’ve found most peo­ple who’ve viewed it like it and re­turn – it’s a mat­ter of get­ting them to view it in the first place. Whereas Deal, as fun and fan­tas­tic as it was, sim­ply didn’t ap­peal to some peo­ple. Ob­vi­ously if you were deeply en­am­oured of lug­gage you’d con­tinue to watch!”

Seven’s di­rec­tor of pro­gram­ming An­gus Ross says they chose The Chase Hot Seat. WEEK­NIGHTS, 5PM, SEVEN

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