‘Trial By Kyle’ axed from 10’s programming slate
Kyle Sandilands’ brief foray into television has come to an end, with Trial By Kyle not returning next year.
A Network 10 spokesperson issued a short statement to Radio Today after the program was not mentioned at the broadcaster’s Upfronts presentation.
“Trial By Kyle won’t be returning in 2021,” a spokesperson told Radio Today.
The show premiered in 2018 as part of 10’s Pilot Week experiment, which aimed to give different types of programs a ‘trial’ run, the most successful of which would be picked up for a full-scale series.
Trial By Kyle’s Pilot Week episode had 385,000 metro viewers across the five capital cities.
It was picked up following 2018’s Pilot Week, however it didn’t go to air again until October, 2019.
Its first episode as part of its full run had 363,000 metro viewers. It finished up in November to just 140,000 metro viewers.
The future of the show has remained uncertain throughout this year, however the KIIS FM Sydney Breakfast co-host had said on air a few months ago he doesn’t think it is returning.
“I think it’s another victim of the coronavirus, thank God,” he said.
He’d also previously told TV Tonight that although the it grew on him, he “didn’t want to do this show in the first place”.
“It’s a pain in the arse filming all day Saturday and Sunday and then working five days a week,” he said, according to TV Tonight. “I never wanted to do it. It wasn’t my idea, and my company didn’t own it, so what the fuck am I doing it for? To make some other company shitloads of money?”
He said he wanted to go deeper into the cases, and tackle issues which were more serious – “there were too many ‘TV losers’ on. Little tryhards from other shows”.
Sandilands’ co-host on KIIS FM, Jackie ‘O’ Henderson was this year on TV as a panellist on 10’s The Masked Singer Australia.
The singing competition concluded to 1 million metro viewers, which jumped to 1.191 million for the final unmasking.
10 has confirmed The Masked Singer is returning to Australia next year, but has thus far not confirmed which panellists will front the program.