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Entertainment Has the nation tired of watching the same thing on a different channel?

01:02  07 march  2018
01:02  07 march  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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If someone has a clever idea, steal it, then beat it to death until no one wants to watch it. And it seems Australia is finally growing tired of watching the same old stuff rebadged on a different channel .

Play Video. And it seems Australia is finally growing tired of watching the same old stuff rebadged on a different channel . It's just that people are sick of seeing the same thing on a different channel . Is it Married at First Sight or The Bachelor? Who knows?

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If someone has a clever idea, steal it, then beat it to death until no one wants to watch it.

And it seems Australia is finally growing tired of watching the same old stuff rebadged on a different channel.

It used to be the case that programmers would jealously watch the ratings on rival networks then quickly fashion up their own version, put a new name on it, and watch their own ratings climb.

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Has the nation tired of watching the same thing on a different channel ? Nary an original thought seems to pass through a programmers head these days and Australia seems to be growing tired . smh.com.au.

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'If it works on Ten it will work even better on Seven," one can imagine the boffins shouting at programming meetings.

In recent years you could watch a cooking show or a dating show or a singing show at any time of the year just by pushing up or down on your television remote.

No one seemed to know whether they were watching Matt on MasterChef or Manu on My Kitchen Rules or Mary on Dating the Devil or Marcus on Australian Idol's Got The X Factor.

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The trick is to call wrong things by different names to make them sound better, e.g. "gay marriage." Every show we watch has gay people in it we are tired of this disgusting trend. Their agenda is to do the same thing again only worldwide. So pray to God that nations who reject this disease can hold

As long as they were singing or cooking or sobbing after being dumped, people would watch it.

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It began with Nine's foray into cooking with Hot Plate, which was roundly criticised for being a rip-off of My Kitchen Rules.

Then along came The Bachelor, sure, not an original idea from Ten but at least it was new local programming. It was an unbridled success by Ten standards and the programmers at Nine and Seven were like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally and were loudly exclaiming 'I'll have what she's having'.

Faster than Bachelorette fleeing from a dirty street pie schedule were filled with dreadful dating shows. Married at First Sight, First Dates, Seven Year Switch, Bride and Prejudice, there has been so many the internet can't accommodate and exhaustive list.

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The only thing I watch now is the Dream Home episode that comes on in Jan. I find all these real estate shows boring and way too scripted. While I love looking in other peoples houses I am tired of the same shows over & over. At one time HGTV was the only channel I ever had on but as of late

Fans have a tendency to want to be surprised. They don't just want another rehash of the same things that they had last year Sadly, some who feel this way haven't watched past the first 13 episodes, which is when it gets to the part where the 2003 anime started being different from the manga.

Some of them have worked, others have failed.

Then along came Ninja Warrior. The Nine fitspo series that became an absolute ratings juggernaut.

Everyone from the Goggleboxers to your mum was obsessed with the format and there was almost a national plebiscite asking for the head of Nine boss Hugh Marks when no one actually won the series.

The climbing chalk had barely blown off Mount Midoriyama before rival programmers were scrambling for their own version they could rush into this year's schedule in the hope of capturing a large slice of the active-wear viewing audience before Nine could bring back the Ninjas.

Hence Australian Spartan. And it was an unmitigated failure.

The series premiered with a meager audience of just 816,000 viewers in the five capital cities, just a bit more than half of the people who tuned in to Married At First Sight.

A week later it had dropped back to 524,00 and Seven took no time in yanking it from the schedule to be replaced by My Kitchen Rules.

There was nothing wrong with Spartan, it was as good as Ninja Warrior as it offered the same inspirational/aspirational viewing that its higher-rating rival delivered.

It's just that people are sick of seeing the same thing on a different channel.

In an environment where nary an original thought passes through a programmer's brain the viewing public have sent a resounding message.

'Do better!'

Seven has resolved to bring Spartan back during the AFL season in a few weeks, so maybe they aren't listening.

But if all the networks continue to peer over the fence like a nosy neighbour, then we can only expect streaming audiences to grow in rapid correlation to terrestrial television viewing as it slides into oblivion.

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