It started out with a great fanfare as a third-quarter flagship show. Then it was trimmed down to 2 nights, then 1 and replaced with cat videos.
Now Restaurant Revolution has been bumped yet again, now moving from 8:30pm Thursdays to 9:30pm.
With a two hour episode, it will be a very late 11:30pm finish for the show.
One can only speculate why the show has not been moved to a multichannel or axed outright, but there is a competition element and prize to be played out and there are undoubtedly hard-working restaurateurs who have invested much in the Seven series.
More significantly, the network has advertisers and commitments (including, it would appear, local councils) who were given big promises. There have been reports the network is offering ‘make-goods’ to compensate advertisers.
Sources tell TV Tonight the TV ratings do not reflect the volume of customers still attending the pop-up restaurants around the country. Sadly, they are not what keeps a show on the air.
The latest move follows dismal numbers last week of just 312,000 viewers for the show -it is now replaced with a Mighty Ships special -a show usually kept on the shelf for Summer.
Meanwhile tomorrow night Seven screens Dogs Make You Laugh Out Loud and next week has confirmed Pets Make You Laugh Out Loud.
Update: The show is now back to an 8:30pm start.