Seven has frantically rescheduled Restaurant Revolution after disappointing numbers this week, pulling it back from 4 nights a week to 2.
It will now run double episodes on Monday (7:30pm) and Thursday (8pm) -still four hours a week.
But it has had to resort to factuals Dr Harry’s Craziest House Calls on Tuesday and Border Security on Wednesday to fill in the holes.
It’s a rare move by Seven to blink so early on a failed format (it previously stuck to its guns much longer on House Rules, The Mole and The Big Adventure when they all tanked, and managed to see House Rules strengthen). Even Celebrity Splash fared better than this.
This week Restaurant Revolution launched with 676,000 viewers, but within two days it had plummeted to just 415,000. Nine’s Hot Plate also lost ground, but not as dramatic, from 784,000 to 656,000. Both lagged behind TEN’s The Bachelor.
But on Monday TEN launches The Great Australian Spelling Bee, which enjoys another point of difference from cooking overload.
Meanwhile Ramsay’s Hotel Hell is now out on Monday while Tuesday also sees a double Winners and Losers, bumping Chicago Fire out of its return.
The burning question is: how soon can Seven get to The X Factor?