TV flops of 2018

View­ers voted with their re­mote con­trols

Tweed Daily News - - PULSE - Han­nah Paine

WHEN it comes to the big hits of 2018, reality TV has never done bet­ter, with shows like Mar­ried At First Sight and The Bach­e­lor pulling in the big num­bers.

But 2018 was also a year when the TV net­works took risks with new shows that back­fired spec­tac­u­larly, with one chan­nel now hold­ing the record for low­est reality TV de­but ever.

Here’s a look back at tele­vi­sion’s big­gest flops this year.


IN a move that proved fa­tal for the NRL show, this year’s Footy Show re­turned to Chan­nel 9 in 2018 with Erin Molan re­plac­ing beloved the Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin as host.

It was a de­ci­sion that the show never re­cov­ered from and saw view­ers tune out in droves, with rat­ings drop­ping to less than 180,000 view­ers in Syd­ney and Bris­bane.

In Oc­to­ber, Nine con­firmed the show would not be re­turn­ing in 2019 – a move that came as no sur­prise to TV in­sid­ers.


IF Sin­gle Wives draws a blank in your mem­ory then you’d be in the ma­jor­ity – the Chan­nel 7 show’s pre­miere in July drew the low­est rat­ings ever for a reality TV de­but.

Not even the star power of Fifi Box as host or Bri­tish dat­ing ex­pert Matthew Hussey could save the show, which pre­miered to just 375,000 metro view­ers.

The show fol­lowed four women look­ing for love af­ter pre­vi­ous failed re­la­tion­ships for three, and one whose hus­band had died in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent.

Af­ter its ini­tial de­but, things went from bad to worse for the show, with rat­ings con­tin­u­ing to slide be­fore it was moved to a later times­lot.


UN­LIKE Ten and Nine, Chan­nel 7 didn’t have much luck with the dat­ing shows this year, with Back With The Ex last­ing just one episode be­fore it was pulled.

The show, which de­buted in April and fo­cused on cou­ples giv­ing their re­la­tion­ship one last shot, was qui­etly moved to Seven’s stream­ing ser­vice af­ter a lack­lus­tre pre­miere to just 449,000 view­ers in April.


DE­VEL­OPED as an al­ter­na­tive to Chan­nel 9 rat­ings gi­ant Ninja War­rior, Aus­tralian Spartan – which was ac­cused of copy­ing its ri­val – failed to res­onate with view­ers.

De­spite a full-scale mar­ket­ing plan and star host Ed­wina Bartholomew, Spartan de­buted in Fe­bru­ary to just 816,000 view­ers, while ri­val Mar­ried At First Sight had an au­di­ence of 1.53 mil­lion. Af­ter just two episodes Aus­tralian Spartan was re­placed by My Kitchen Rules, with the rest of the show air­ing in the Easter non-rat­ings pe­riod.


THE sec­ond sea­son of Nine’s fam­ily-friendly cook­ing show failed to build on its de­but last year, with its fi­nal episode down 147,000 from the year be­fore.

With episodes reach­ing a high of just 456,000 view­ers, the show was cut down from three to two episodes a week.

Nine’s head of con­tent Adrian Swift told TV Tonight he was “dis­ap­pointed” in the show’s per­for­mance and its fu­ture was un­de­cided.

“We haven’t made a de­ci­sion yet, but we’d have to be re­view­ing it. Let’s be se­ri­ous,” he said.

“I think you would have to say, based on the num­bers, it is one of those things we would think about.”


DE­SPITE be­ing the most talked about break­fast show,

To­day’s rat­ings plum­meted this year, and the spec­u­la­tion over Karl Ste­fanovic’s fu­ture as host came to a head re­cently when he was of­fi­cially dumped from the morningogram. Through the year, ri­val

Sunrise eas­ily beat the Nine break­fast show, av­er­ag­ing 454,000 na­tional view­ers while To­day man­aged just 347,000.

Ste­fanovic’s dump­ing from the co-host chair is just part of a big­ger shake-up for the show which is “clear­ing the decks” in a bid to re­claim the rat­ings.


NOT even Dan­nii Minogue could save Dance Boss from be­ing named the “worst show on TV” when it pre­miered in Au­gust.

The Chan­nel 7 rat­ings flop, of which Minogue was host and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, saw groups of ama­teur dancers com­pet­ing for a $100,000.

Af­ter de­but­ing to just 599,000 view­ers – com­pared to The Block’s 1.135 mil­lion — Dance Boss’ rat­ings con­tin­ued to drop be­fore it bowed out with a dou­ble episode fi­nale which drew just 246,000 view­ers for the win­ner an­nounce­ment.


FULL TIME: Erin Molan hosted the new-look NRL Footy Show Chan­nel 9.

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