TEN has some good news for little kids who love their alphabet.
It has announced a second season for The Great Australian Spelling Bee, in only its third week on air.
The series, which launched with 921,000 viewers, last night drew 616,000 viewers -its lowest audience so far. But the show has done good business in young demos despite some questions about whether it would be better suited to a more family-friendly timeslot.
TEN Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “We are delighted with how Australians have embraced The Great Australian Spelling Bee and welcomed these amazing kids into their homes and hearts.
“From the start, we realised this was a very special show and that its stars – the talented and inspiring eight to 13 year old spellers – would have viewers laughing, crying, cheering and spelling along with them. The Great Australian Spelling Bee is fresh, different and always compelling. Commissioning a second series was an incredibly easy decision for us to make.”
Endemol Shine Australia CEO, Mark Fennessy, said: “We’re extremely proud that this simple yet original concept has been so warmly received and supported. We look forward to presenting even more of Australia’s brightest and brilliant young talent in this exciting family entertainment series.”
The second series will go to air on TEN in 2016.