Ten dumps Download

Channel Ten's clip show Download has been dropped after only two episodes.

Last week the show had 526,000 viewers, thrashed by Better Homes and Gardens (1.49m) on Seven and Nine's Harry Potter movie (892,000).

It will be replaced by the documentary series Ice Road Truckers, effective immediately.

This was the second series of the show hosted by Mike Goldman, Bree Amer, and Ryan "Fitzy" Fitzgerald, who had all found chemistry working together on Big Brother's Friday Night Live series. Recently they won a Kids' Choice Award for that show.

But despite revamping the Download series with guests and competitions, not enough viewers responded to the series. In its first outing, it managed 564,000 viewers, a long way behind the Nanny McPhee movie that followed it (1.04m viewers). That was enough to prove to Ten that it can find success on Friday nights with the right offerings.

Fridays have proven a real challenge to Ten lately, given that it has been frequently beaten by ABC. It had originally planned to move 90210 from Mondays to Fridays, but that idea was soon dropped in favour of a summer return. In fact, the last consistent winner for Ten on Fridays was Friday Night Live--hosted by Goldman, Amer, and Fitzgerald. On some occasions this year it even beat the Sunday evictions.

It's been a tough few weeks for Ten, which has recently pulled Taken Out, 90210, Bondi Rescue: Bali, and repeats of Friends from its schedule.

It is yet to announce plans for the remaining eight episodes of Download.

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