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Channel Seven’s Sunday Night with Melissa Doyle to be axed due to ‘lacklustre ratings’

‘It’s not looking good!’ Channel Seven’s Sunday Night with Melissa Doyle to be axed due to ‘lacklustre ratings’ and ‘high costs’ and replaced by national revamp of Today Tonight

Channel Seven’s Sunday Night claimed a win as ‘Australia’s No.1 public affairs program’ in 2017.

But industry insiders claim the program has been in trouble for the past few years and will likely be axed.

Sources told The Daily Telegraph on Saturday: ‘They haven’t made a call on it yet, but it’s not looking good. It’s expensive to run, and they’ve had lacklustre ratings.’ 

'It's not looking good!' Channel Seven's Sunday Night with Melissa Doyle (above) to be axed due to 'lacklustre ratings' and 'high costs' and replaced by national revamp of Today Tonight

‘It’s not looking good!’ Channel Seven’s Sunday Night with Melissa Doyle (above) to be axed due to ‘lacklustre ratings’ and ‘high costs’ and replaced by national revamp of Today Tonight

At the show’s height in 2017, it captured an average metro audience of 845,000, but recently has only managed to scrape half (422,000).

Last week Seven’s Sunday Night saw 247,000 less viewers in the five-city metro audience than its Channel Nine competitor, 60 Minutes.

‘The executives are discussing the fate of Sunday Night right now, as it’s the end of the financial year,’ one insider said.

Fierce rivalry! Last week Seven's Sunday Night saw 247,000 less viewers in the five-city metro audience than its Channel Nine competitor, 60 Minutes (above)

Fierce rivalry! Last week Seven’s Sunday Night saw 247,000 less viewers in the five-city metro audience than its Channel Nine competitor, 60 Minutes (above) 

Industry sources also claim that Seven bosses want to bring back a revamped version of the previously axed Today Tonight as Sunday Night’s replacement.

Today Tonight replaced Real Life in 1995, and had separate editions for each main metropolitan market (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth). 

In 2014, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane’s editions were axed, while Adelaide and Perth’s versions are still running.

A comeback? Industry sources also claim that Seven bosses want to bring back a revamped version of the previously axed Today Tonight as Sunday Night's replacement

A comeback? Industry sources also claim that Seven bosses want to bring back a revamped version of the previously axed Today Tonight as Sunday Night’s replacement

Today Tonight nationally was the last program to win the Logie for Most Popular Public Affairs Program in 2002, before that award was discontinued.   

It’s believed the journalist and crew working on Sunday Night will be rehoused within other shows and projects for the Seven network.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Seven for comment. 

Daily Mail UK

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