Ten to axe Family Feud after four years

Ten will axe its nightly game show Family Feud, with host Grant Denyer admitting the network accelerated the program’s demise by running it too frequently.

“It did good things but we are probably guilty of driving it into the ground a bit too early, we gave it a bit too much. It’s six days a week, twice a day, plus All Star episodes,” he said on the radio this morning.

Ten was the third network Family Feud had appeared on. It ran on Nine from 1977 to 1984 and on Seven from 1989 to 1996, with previous hosts including Tony Barber, Daryl Somers, Sandy Scott, Rob Brough and John Deeks. There was also a a brief spinoff version, Bert’s Family Feud, which ran from 2006 and 2007.

The most recent iteration was hosted by former Sunrise weatherman and Million-Dollar Minute host Denyer, and produced by Fremantle Media.

At the time of launch, the show received some scrutiny from the industry, with commentator David Knox, publisher of TV Tonight, saying: “This news reeks of a lack of imagination. If this is the best Ten’s brains trust can come up with for 6:00 then it’s probably time to hoist the white flag.”

Some of the scrutiny Ten suffered from, upon the 2014 announcement

Host Denyer took on a breakfast radio role for 2Day FM earlier this year with Ed Kavalee and Em Rusciano.

So far, Denyer’s appointment to the station appears to have helped lift its ratings, with survey two handing the Sydney-based station 4.4% share in breakfast – its highest since the departure of former 2Day FM breakfast hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.

On 2Day FM Breakfast this morning, Denyer said the program had been a success.

“I have a big announcement, guys. Family Feud is wrapping up,” he said.

“It’s a bit sad. It’s been a huge success for Network Ten, it obviously reinvigorated that 6pm time slot, which was dead for about five years and it increased all the night-time programming.”

Since the first year of launch, the show’s average audience has declined by more than 50%. In 2014 it averaged an audience of 581,177. This year, Family Feud’s average audience, based on OzTAM data, sits at 281,483.

Denyer added they were resting the show to allow him to work on “big new projects”. Yesterday The Sydney Morning Herald reported Ten would announce a new ‘big-budget studio game show’ within the next week. Denyer would not confirm the new program.

A spokesperson for Ten confirmed the news: “Family Feud has been an important part of our schedule for the past four years, but we feel it is time to rest the show.

“It will be put on hold later this year and we will be announcing an exciting new game show very soon. We will also have some exciting news about Grant Denyer’s new show on Ten soon.”


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