Film & TV

Feb 6, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a slow start for re-booted Spicks and Specks

A tough night for a resurrected game show, while Ten's current affairs line-up loses viewers to rivals.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

It’s very hard to breathe new life into an old format that finished its previous on air stint strongly and didn’t bore its viewers. That’s how Spicks and Specks under Adam Hills ended its long and fruitful life. Last night’s reincarnation on ABC1 at 8.30pm ain’t in the same class — loud, brittle and at times boring. A new set and look couldn’t hide the weaknesses in the on-air talent. Why did they start with such a weak panel? The program had 935,000 national/ 598,000 metro/ 337,000 regional viewers. That’s just enough not to dismiss it. Next week though, will they return?

The Block fell under a million metro viewers for the first time, Nine News’s half hour and Seven News/Today Tonight also dipped under a million metro viewers, as did Home and Away (for the first time since its return last week) while A Current Affair fell under a million as well and ended up third behind Home and Away and ABC News. In the morning Today just fell short of 300,000 metro viewers (298,000) while Sunrise was in front with 338,000.

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  1. Zeke

    The old Spicks and Specks got tired when they started getting music industry hacks on the panel to name-drop with boring anecdotes about the stars they’ve met. Very boring. The new show started in exactly the same manner. I turned off half-way through it. I won’t be watching it again.

    BTW, Ella Hooper should stick with singing.

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