Nine is set to extend Hot Seat to a one-hour format in 2017 after getting a thumping from The Chase in 2016.
Since The Chase debuted in September 2015, Hot Seat has lost share, while Seven News has snatched back the ratings crown from Nine News.
Earlier this year then-Programming and Production managing director Andrew Backwell predicted Hot Seat would be winning by mid year.
But it hasn’t come to pass, despite strategic moves including split-coding by Seven and Nine kicking off its show well before 5:30pm.
Seven’s bold move of a one hour game show has paid off, despite contestants being repeatedly defeated by its brainiac Chasers. By contrast Hot Seat had a $1,000,000 winner this year and Eddie McGuire has so far given away more than $38 million in prize-money.
But Seven takes the the view that their final Chaser game-play with Andrew O’Keefe is compelling enough, win or lose, at the crucial lead-in to the 6pm news.
TV Tonight understands Hot Seat plans for 2017 are being kept heavily under wraps.
Updated: Tim Cleary, Head of Programming & Production Nine Melbourne said in a statement:
“Hot Seat will be bigger than ever in 2017. While we’ve refreshed the show, we haven’t strayed too far from its origins. There’ll be more questions, lifelines, a new level of strategy that will test the players and more ways to win money.”