The Challenge flops in the ratings as Channel 10 braces for its third ratings disaster in a row


The Challenge FLOPS in the ratings as Channel 10 braces for its third reality TV disaster in a row after The Real Love Boat and The Traitors all tanked

The premiere of Channel 10’s new reality show The Challenge has landed with a thud.  

The series scored a mere 257,000 viewers in the major metro centres in Monday’s overnight ratings.

This is the third major flop for the embattled 10 network after reality show’s The Real Love Boat and The Traitors tanked earlier this year.

Channel 10’s new reality show The Challenge (pictured) has landed with a thud, scoring a mere 257,000 viewers for its debut in the major metro centres in Monday’s overnight ratings

It comes after the network was brutally mocked over its casting selection for the gruelling game show.

Based on a U.S. format, The Challenge sees celebrities compete with athletes in a series of elimination games.

But viewers took to social media ahead of the premiere to savage the cast, after Channel 10 spruiked them as  ‘Australia’s most talked-about celebrities’.

‘Australia’s most talked-about celebs? Who are 95% of these people?’ one tweeted.

The cast for the series includes Bachelor rejects like Konrad Bień-Stephen, Megan Marx, and Kiki Morris.

It comes after the network was brutally mocked over its casting selection for the gruelling game show

It comes after the network was brutally mocked over its casting selection for the gruelling game show 

Australia’s Got Talent winner Jack Vidgen and Married At First Sight’s Ryan Gallagher and Cyrell Paule also star. 

It’s been a pitiful year of duds for Channel 10, including 10 News First: Breakfast which recently set a new record for the worst rating program in Australian TV history.

One time crowd-pleasers The Project, MasterChef and The Amazing Race Australia have also under-performed for the network.

The Real Love Boat (pictured) premiered to just 215,000 metro viewers last month

The Real Love Boat (pictured) premiered to just 215,000 metro viewers last month

Channel 10’s failure to attract viewers for its most-hyped shows will inevitably lead to a decline in market value, especially their ad revenue, say insiders.

The Real Love Boat premiered to just 215,000 metro viewers last month. 

Publicised as being based on the 70s sit-com The Love Boat, the dating show eventually sunk in a matter of weeks, with one episode luring a mere 141,000 fans.

Premiering only two weeks after The Real Boat sank leaving barely a trace, The Traitors managed to draw just 257,000 metro viewers for its debut

Premiering only two weeks after The Real Boat sank leaving barely a trace, The Traitors managed to draw just 257,000 metro viewers for its debut

The Traitors continued the network’s misfortune’s.

Premiering only two weeks after The Real Boat sank leaving barely a trace, the real-life mystery adventure managed to draw just 257,000 metro viewers for its debut. 

Contestants form teams to complete challenging missions, earning money for a prize pot. Meanwhile, traitors lurk amongst them, plotting against the loyal contestants.

Viewers found ‘the traitors’ dressed up in robes and hooded masks unpalatable for dinner time viewing: ‘What is this cult sh*t? I’m scared,’ one person tweeted. 

Many viewers found 'the traitors' dressed up in robes and hooded masks unpalatable for dinner time viewing

Many viewers found ‘the traitors’ dressed up in robes and hooded masks unpalatable for dinner time viewing 

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