The contestants on the new Channel 10 show I Will Survive: Priscilla.
The contestants on the new Channel 10 show I Will Survive: Priscilla. Contributed - Network Ten

Talent show debuts to poor ratings

NETWORK Ten can't seem to catch a break, with the debut of its male talent quest I Will Survive rating poorly last night.

The blow comes just hours after the broadcaster announced the axing of its reality flop Everybody Dance Now.

I Will Survive had an average national audience of just 506,000, compared to The X Factor drawing 1.56 million viewers to Channel 7 and Big Brother attracting an average audience of 1.017 million viewers across the five metro cities for Channel 9.

Post-Olympic shows Can of Worms, featuring new host Chrissie Swan, and Don't Tell The Bride also had underwhelming debuts on Monday night with both failing to break through the 600,000-viewer mark.

In a statement released yesterday, Ten CEO James Warburton openly admitted to getting it wrong with Everybody Dance Now.

"Unfortunately, we didn't get the Everybody Dance Now format right," he said.

"Although we worked with FremantleMedia to reset the program, clearly it has not struck a chord with viewers."

It seems Ten's only successes of the past few weeks have been the MasterChef All Stars grand final, during which 1.05 million viewers tuned in to see young cook Callum Hann take out the title, and local drama Puberty Blues, which attracted 925,000 viewers in its debut last week and was met with critical praise.

I Will Survive airs again tonight at 7.30pm on Ten, followed by Puberty Blues at 8.30pm.


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