Seven has pulled back on its Restaurant Revolution episodes for the second time -now due to air just one night a week.
The Reality series -originally due to air four nights a week- will now air just on Thursday next week, as a double episode at 8pm. Seven has dumped plans for a Monday night episode after disappointing figures this week of 522,000 viewers.
It will be replaced with Highway Patrol and Motorway Patrol at 7:30pm on Monday. Next Tuesday Seven has Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud (which is now attracting dubious press) plus Border Security / The Force on Wednesday.
The failure of the new show puts it into rare company, alongside shows such as Excess Baggage, The Mole, Celebrity Splash, where a network has had to cull its output and frantically reschedule after wholesale audience rejection.
But Seven may not be alone in a major schedule overhaul. If it wins a current legal battle against Nine, the Federal Court may order Nine to suspend further episodes of The Hot Plate.
Yesterday a judge announced he would decide on Thursday if Hot Plate was in breach of Seven’s copyright of My Kitchen Rules. A worst-case scenario for Nine could mean it is forced to replace the show -presumably with The Big Bang Theory.
Justice Nicholas was prepared to watch four hours of rival cooking formats before making his ruling.
“I won’t say I will gladly do it, but I will do it if you ask me to,” he said.
Tomorrow night’s Restaurant Revolution episode remains at 8pm.
Seven has been contacted for comment.