3 more episodes will screen before it is parked.
The rebooted show was largely well-received by critics, with many acknowledging the degree of difficulty it faced in replacing Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough. The original production order was extended from its initial 20 episodes to 26, all of which have been filmed.
But ratings have not improved against stiff competition, last week attracting 490,000 in Overnight viewers.
ABC will now hit the pause button at episode 20 and reschedule the remaining 6 eps later in the year.
ABC1 Channel Controller Brendan Dahill said, “Josh, Ella and Adam did a terrific job of breathing new life into Spicks and Specks.
“We’re very proud of their efforts. We believe this year’s Spicks was every bit as entertaining as its long-running predecessor, but we sadly accept that it hasn’t resonated with viewers to the degree we had hoped.”
No word on the reception for Jonah from Tonga, which has tracked even lower.
ABC is yet to confirm what will take its place.