Axed: Taken Out
We all knew this was coming. TEN finally turns out the light on its own dating show to be replaced by The Simpsons.
Channel TEN has finally pulled the plug on its latest game show, Taken Out.
It is to be replaced by The Simpsons effective from tonight.
After tracking its performance in a week of single guys, TEN has been forced to turn out the light on its own show. This week it started with 610,000 but last night was at 533,000 viewers. TEN is mindful that last Friday it dropped to 465,000 viewers. Meanwhile Seven News had 1.44m viewers while Nine News had 1.1m viewers.
For a show whose biggest audience was younger females, the show also didn’t make the top ten 16-39 programmes in Australia last night. By contrast, Neighbours was #7th.
TEN had always sought to revisit the dating / game show genre with Taken Out but the show wasn’t even keeping the Neighbours audience before being moved from 7pm to 6pm.
FremantleMedia, which has also produced the hit dating show Farmer Wants a Wife, also had on-going casting issues with a low turn-out of single men.
A TEN spokesperson said no decision has been made on airing remaining episodes. The network was pleased with the performance of host James Kerley, who arguably managed to keep the show moving with not much to work with.
The show shoots its final episodes next week.
Tonight TEN returns The Simpsons to its trusty 6pm timeslot with the episode “Mr. Plow.” That name again, Mr Plow.
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