Idol returning to 7:30pm
Australian Idol addresses its sinking ratings by shifting back to its 7:30pm slot. "We're listening to public opinion," Dicko told The 7PM Project.
Australian Idol is leaving its 6:30pm timeslot and returning to 7:30pm.
Dicko broke the news tonight on The 7PM Project.
“We’re listening to public opinion,” he said.
The change is immediate, beginning Sunday September 20th.
The show has been struggling this year with the network indicating its ratings were low due to a slimmer audience at 6:30pm.
On Sunday night it took just 990,000 with some media asking whether the show should be put to rest.
With Daylight Saving due to start on October 4th the network was also staring down the barrel of a more alarming situation as its younger audience enjoy the extra sunlight.
5:30pm – Sports Tonight
6:00pm – The Simpsons
6:30pm – Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation rpt
7:30pm – Australian Idol
9:30pm – Rove
11:00pm – Movie: The Shape Of Things
TEN’s Head of Programming, Beverley McGarvey says of this change, “In television we have the benefit of daily feedback on what audiences want, and it’s clear by the data that the earlier timeslot wasn’t working for Idol, the switch on at 7:30pm was quite distinct.”
“We gave the timeslot change a good go but in this business, you can make a quick change to get back on track and that’s what we’re doing here…the audience spoke and we listened.”
Updated: Ep 2 of Little Britain USA and Nurse Jackie will shift to Monday nights from September 28th, to follow Good News Week -a move that effectively leaves Supernatural in the balance. Previous advice from TEN they would follow Rove this week was incorrect.
Meanwhile Don’t Forget the Lyrics is now out.