Sunday Night Takeaway is moving the show to 7pm as of next weekend but the network insists it is because of the Australian Grand Prix and not low ratings.
Co-host Julia Morris has tweeted that the show will begin at a new time following dire ratings last night of just 259,000 viewers nationally.
The show debuted to 383,000 viewers two weeks ago before dropping to 290,000 last week and lower still last night.
Some observers have called on 10 to move the show to Saturday nights, but it will now begin at 7pm which at least avoids Nine and Seven enjoying a 30 minute head-start.
The Sunday Project moves to 6pm following the Australian Grand Prix (last night The Project was 10’s top ranking show at just 278,000 viewers). Hughesy We Have a Problem shifts to 8:30pm and NCIS replays from 9:30pm.
A Network 10 spokesperson said, “The show is not going anywhere. We’re continuing to provide a family-friendly, entertainment viewing alternative for Sunday nights.
“The show continues to get better every week.”
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