I think they schedule cautiously to enable the show to gain a following in a lower profile time slot before putting it straight in on Saturday and potentially failing. Didn’t they do the same with TV Burp ?
Yes, the first three series of TV Burp were in post-watershed slots, 10.30 for the first two, 11pm for the third - familiar comedy slots. The move to a teatime slot seemed a bit of a left-field move at the time, and I think it was a pretty last minute decision too, I remember the Radio Times the week before suggesting it would be in a similar kind of slot to the previous series on a weeknight.
That said, in 2012 they shoved You Cannot Be Serious, the Harry-produced sports comedy show with Alistair McGowan straight into a Saturday night slot, and it absolutely died on its arse. That was such a shame, it was a nice little series, but it was totally exposed in that slot. The working title for it was "Sports Burp" so clearly ITV decided it had to go in the same slot, but of course TV Burp had already established itself in off-peak slots first, and it was surrounded by stronger shows on a Saturday too.
I wonder if Sky were looking at ITV's thinking of Alien Fun Capsule with their scheduling of series 2 of Harry Hill's Tea Time which went out at 8.30 on Tuesdays for the first few weeks before quietly being shunted to Saturday early evenings
I know the ratings for Tea Time absolutely plummeted for the second series, it was getting something like 500k for series one on Sunday evenings but nearer 50k on Tuesdays at 8.30, hence presumably the swift rescheduling to Saturdays. Such a shame, was a great series. Sky One seem to be trying to move away from the Sunday teatime slot, what with the new episodes of The Simpsons now being on Fridays. Seems a bit of a daft move, though, that slot has been very useful for the channel over the years.
This has been mentioned in the Takeaway thread but it seems more appropriate to mention it here, Alan Carr has ended his golden handcuffs deal with C4 to do a new show for ITV. I think this is a good idea, he's been stagnating on C4 for quite a while now, being shoved around any format going to give him something to do, and I think the move will do him a lot of good, it'll be a new challenge and I think he'll do very well there. I think he's too mainstream for C4 these days as well. It's like when Graham Norton left C4 and joined the Beeb because he thought he'd done all he could at C4 and wanted to do new things.
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