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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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The thing that gets me is that, regardless of how good a show it was, it cost next to nothing to make. All the content came off YouTube (and its ilk). The production costs couldn't be any more than one evening's Late News. And yet they still couldn't even keep *that* going. Australian TV is in the same toilet as the US economy. The last 6 months have been the lowest ebb iin AU TV in years. And it still remains to be seen whether they will flush it further down and aim for the S-bend, or turn things around and climb out of the bogger they're in.
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This show was a big waste of time and seemed clipped together with clips anyone could find on the Internet. TEN needs to start finding or designing good shows instead of relying on junk.
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Thank you. its about time they realised pulling videos from youtube and onto TV was the most braindead and stupid idea ever made. Can't believe they pulled Friends tho. It was refreshing to see that great show back.
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I am glad that they dumped this show. Those types of videos belong on youtube not on TV. Game shows are great on tv. They really pull in the viewers. Maybe Ten should think about bringing out a similar type of game show to FNL. I would certainly watch it.
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Hmm... the answer to this seems pretty logical. Ten was getting its best ratings with FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE. So wouldn't they stop and think why - perhaps people like tuning in to watch contestants take part in absurd physical challenges for 90 mins? And since Big Brother is gone now, why not develop an independent game show full of whacky physical games? Kinda like an Aussie version of WIPEOUT? I get the feeling if they did something like this, they'd win back their friday night rating slot...
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Hahaha. No loss to TV in my opinion. They dumped Big Brother and they should have dumped this with it. I'm happy its gone!
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LOL.P.S THE NEW SITE IS CRAP
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This is music to my ears. First big brother, now Download... there could be hope for 10 yet! Honestly, if people wanted to watch bad quality slapstick videos on a Friday Night to make their IQ's just that tiny bit lower they can go on youtube. Seriously!
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