Seven brings back Zumbo’s Just Desserts and Bride and Prejudice

The tail end of the year will see some familiar faces for Seven with the announcement that both Zumbo’s Just Desserts and Bride and Prejudice: The Forbidden Weddings will return to the network “soon”.

Just Desserts first aired in 2016 where it lasted for one season before being picked up by Netflix in 2018 where the show found a second life. This will be Bride and Prejudice’s third season after it debuted in 2017.

The first episode of Just Desserts, which is hosted by Australian baker Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo, brought in 1.081m metro viewers, riding high off the back of Seven’s coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but the show quickly tumbled, hitting a low of 646,000. It was thought Seven hoped it would be a rival to The Great Australian Bake Off, but the ratings signed the show’s death warrant.

In 2018, the show found a new life, with Netflix signing a deal with Seven Studios to co-produce the title. Seven hasn’t revealed much about the new season, with a teaser trailer just saying it will be coming soon to the network.

Bride and Prejudice has also struggled with ratings in the past, premiering to 874,000 for its first season, but only bringing in 633,000 metro viewers for the second season’s premiere in 2018. It has dipped as low as 525,000. The show, which regularly generates headlines for its controversial plotlines, follows the story of five couples who wish to marry but are struggling to gain approval from their families.

Seven has had somewhat of a failure to launch with its reality formats in 2019. The Super Switch was bumped from Seven’s primary channel to 7Flix midway through its season and played two episodes a night, seemingly in a bid to rush the show to its conclusion. Temptation Island was dropped before it began, a spin-off season of My Kitchen Rules was canned, The Proposal launched to a very low 307,000 metro viewers, and Australia’s Got Talent has dropped to 696,000 metro viewers from a premiere of 814,000.

Last month, Seven announced it would be adding Pooch Perfect to its lineup – a competitive dog grooming show hosted by Rebel Wilson.


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