First Dates Australia heads to Ten after being dumped by Seven

Network Ten has commissioned a new season of First Dates Australia, picking up the format after the last of its four-season stint on Seven took place in 2020.

The reality dating program, based on the British version of the same name, appears likely to be part of the 2022 programming slate for Ten, with a casting call now taking applications through to the start of November this year.

The previous seasons were narrated by Sunrise weather presenter Sam ‘Mac’ McMillan.

The casting call asks: “Are you single and genuinely looking for love? Let us find your perfect match! Every new relationship starts with that very first date. And a new season of First Dates is casting right now.

“No competition, no eliminations – just a blind date that could be the start of own happily ever after.”

The series will be produced by Warner Bros. Mumbrella reached out to Network Ten, who had no further comment to provide.

First Dates first aired in Australia in February of 2016 on Seven, with two seasons airing in that first year. The first season opened with 874,000 metro viewers, with the second launching to 798,000.

Season three’s launch episode was watched by 699,000 metro viewers in 2017.

The format was cancelled by Seven after its most recent season aired in 2020, with episodes regularly bringing in around the mid 300,000s in metro audiences, during a run in which it was up against Nine’s juggernaut Married At First Sight.

Seven continues to air repeats of episodes from past seasons on 7mate and 7two, and it is also available to view on 7plus.


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