Axed: Wheel of Fortune

Nine’s Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune has spun up a Bankrupt, axed after just five weeks.

This week’s celebrity edition didn’t come close to Deal or No Deal. It’s strongest faring was on Monday (616,000) but it was thumped by Seven (979,000). On Wednesday only 567,000 saw the $200,000 prize won by Rachel Beck.

A Channel Nine spokesperson said, “We are disappointed that Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune has not done as well as we had hoped. It is best in these circumstances to make the tough decisions and move on – so we have.”

Both Tim Campbell and Kelly Landry will remain with Nine. Campbell will soon be seen fronting Celebrity Singing Bee for Nine, a gig he is reportedly more than comfortable doing. Kelly Landry will join Getaway.

Nine is replacing it with one hour of Antiques Roadshow from 5pm. The UK show provided a much stronger lead in for National Nine News, which has taken a hit since Wheel debuted. When Antiques last aired it had 677,000 viewers.

But Nine is not alone in programming woes this week with Seven yesterday pulling Ugly Betty from future schedules.

The final episode of Wheel airs this evening.

The Axe.

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  1. I was sad when i found out about $Million wheel’s axing it had great colours and such a great feel to it, i just knew they were tempting fate (IMO at least) by putting it up against deal or no deal,would it have been a different story put it up against the (Seemingly endless) M*A*S*H reruns (sorry guys i don’t like that show) on channel 7. I love my gameshows and i can’t help but notice how many of them we have lost over the last few years, I miss the days we had heaps of game shows on i.e. Wheel of fortune, Catchphrase, Millionaire, Price is right and heaps more. Nowadays it’s pretty much just Deal or no deal and bugger-all else. I think we should revive or even try to create a new game show to help australia’s dying game industry get back on it’s feet

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