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A look back at some of television’s ratings flops  

By Andrew Court For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 06:10 EDT, 3 November 2017 | Updated: 06:23 EDT..

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By Andrew Court For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 06:10 EDT, 3 November 2017 | Updated: 06:23 EDT, 3 November 2017

With their wildly successful season of The Bachelorette wrapping up last week, Channel Ten may be hoping to have another hit on their hands with game show Cram.

However, the first episode of the Peter Helliar-hosted program failed to fire following its premiere on Thursday night.

Cram garnered a measly 558,000 metro viewers and was beaten in the ratings by a rerun of Channel Nine's RBT. The show was also savaged on social media, with one Twitter user calling it 'as funny as cancer' and the 'worst show I've seen in 35 years'.

Skating on thin ratings ice: Daily Mail Australia takes a look back at some of television's shortest-lived shows (pictured: Karl Stefanovic in Torvill and Dean's Dancing On Ice)

Skating on thin ratings ice: Daily Mail Australia takes a look back at some of television's shortest-lived shows (pictured: Karl Stefanovic in Torvill and Dean's Dancing On Ice)

With whispers already circulating that Cram might be on the chopping block, Daily Mail Australia takes a look back at some of television's shortest-lived shows.

Cannonball (2017)

Channel 7 had high hopes for their 'water-based game show' Cannonball before it aired in September of this year. However, the aquatic-themed show immediately sank in the ratings.

Not even the star power of host Rachael Finch could buoy the series, which featured contestants making their way through water-based obstacle courses.

The show, which was pitched as a rival to Australian Ninja Warrior, was shuttered from Seven's prime time schedule after just ONE episode.

Failed to fire: Not even the star power of host Rachael Finch could buoy Seven's Cannonball Failed to fire: Not even the star power of host Rachael Finch could buoy Seven's Cannonball 

Failed to fire: Not even the star power of host Rachael Finch could buoy Seven's Cannonball

What a flop! The show was shuttered from Seven's prime time schedule after just ONE episodeWhat a flop! The show was shuttered from Seven's prime time schedule after just ONE episode

What a flop! The show was shuttered from Seven's prime time schedule after just ONE episode

Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice (2006)

Way back in 2006, Channel Nine splashed the cash on its own version of the British reality show, Dancing on Ice.

Reportedly costing millions of dollars, the show followed a similar format to Dancing With The Stars, as ten celebrities teamed up with professional ice-skaters to perform a new routine each week.

Jennifer Hawkins' husband Jake Wall won the series, beating out Karl Stefanovic who frequently donned glittered garb for his routines in the rink.

Jake, Karl and second runner-up Lara Bingle are still household names, however the show's hosts Sami Lukis and Jamie Durie have largely disappeared from public life.

The series was not renewed for a second season.

Pretty in Pink! Karl (L) came second on the ice-skating show, while Jen Hawkins' hubby Jake Wall R) took home the title Pretty in Pink! Karl (L) came second on the ice-skating show, while Jen Hawkins' hubby Jake Wall R) took home the title 

Pretty in Pink! Karl (L) came second on the ice-skating show, while Jen Hawkins' hubby Jake Wall R) took home the title

Warnie (2011)

Earlier this week, rumours ran rampant that Shane Warne had signed on to star in next year's season of The Bachelor. However, whilst the sportsman swiftly shut down the rumours, it would not have been his first foray into reality TV.

Back in 2011, Channel Nine gave Shane his own Oprah-esque chat show, aptly titled Warnie.

However, despite gasbagging with guests such as Susan Boyle, the charismatic cricketer's program was axed after just four episodes.

Ausralia's Oprah? Back in 2011, Channel Nine gave Shane his own Oprah-esque chat show, aptly titled WarnieAusralia's Oprah? Back in 2011, Channel Nine gave Shane his own Oprah-esque chat show, aptly titled Warnie

Ausralia's Oprah? Back in 2011, Channel Nine gave Shane his own Oprah-esque chat show, aptly titled Warnie

Canned: Warnie lasted four episodes before it was left off Channel Nine's scheduleCanned: Warnie lasted four episodes before it was left off Channel Nine's schedule

Canned: Warnie lasted four episodes before it was left off Channel Nine's schedule

Celebrity Splash! (2013)

This Channel Seven reality series featured a bevvy of famous beauties learning to master the art of diving.

However, not even the promise of seeing Brynne Edelsten, Laura Csortan and Renae Ayris in their swimsuits could save this show from being a belly flop.

Celebrity Splash! was not renewed for a second season.

Belly flop: Celebrity Splash! lasted one season Belly flop: Celebrity Splash! lasted one season 

Belly flop: Celebrity Splash! lasted one season

No pulling power? not even the promise of seeing Brynne Edelsten, Laura Csortan and Renae Ayris in their swimsuits could save this show from being a belly flopNo pulling power? not even the promise of seeing Brynne Edelsten, Laura Csortan and Renae Ayris in their swimsuits could save this show from being a belly flop

No pulling power? not even the promise of seeing Brynne Edelsten, Laura Csortan and Renae Ayris in their swimsuits could save this show from being a belly flop

Yasmin's Getting Married (2006)

This controversial Channel Ten series followed 29-year-old Yasmin Dale as she searched for a man to marry in nine weeks- with the aim of tying the knot live on air.

Whilst shows such as Married At First Sight fail to raise eyebrows today, a decade ago Yasmin's Getting Married courted controversy for its radical premise.

However, despite the hype, this show lasted less than a week on air- axed after four episodes and replaced with reruns of the cartoon Futurama. Sadly, Yasmin never got married.

Four episode fail: Despite the hype, Yasmin's Getting Married lasted less than a week on airFour episode fail: Despite the hype, Yasmin's Getting Married lasted less than a week on air

Four episode fail: Despite the hype, Yasmin's Getting Married lasted less than a week on air

Everybody Dance Now (2012)

Whilst Kelly Rowland has now become a much-loved coach on The Voice Australia, she previously had a stint on another Australian talent show that she might rather forget.

The former Destiny's Child joined fellow superstar judge Jason Derulo and host Sarah Murdoc for Channel Ten's Everybody Dance Now back in 2012.

The series tanked in the ratings, lasting just four episodes before it was canned by Channel Ten executives.

Dance like no one is watching: Everybody Dance Now tanked in the ratings Dance like no one is watching: Everybody Dance Now tanked in the ratings 

Dance like no one is watching: Everybody Dance Now tanked in the ratings

Wake Up (2013- 2014)

On Thursday, The Daily Telegraph reported that Sunrise star Sam Armytage is being 'eyed' as a potential host for a big-budget new breakfast show on Channel 10.

However, the network's last venture into breakfast TV lasted just over six months.

Wake Up starred James Mathieson and Natarsha Belling bringing the country the morning news live from a studio in Manly, but was replaced with reruns of Bold and The Beautiful.

Short-lived: Channel Ten invested in Wake Up, but viewers pressed the snooze button Short-lived: Channel Ten invested in Wake Up, but viewers pressed the snooze button 

Short-lived: Channel Ten invested in Wake Up, but viewers pressed the snooze button

Being Lara Bingle (2012)

She has since reinvented herself as a New York fashionista with a movie star spouse and two young sons.

But back in 2012, Lara Worthington (nee Bingle) appeared in her own Channel Ten reality show that followed her travails in life and love.

Whilst early episodes of the show garnered impressive ratings, viewers quickly tuned out and it was not renewed for season two.

Way back when: Channel Ten's Being Lara Bingle featured the Cronulla nature traversing in upmarket BondiWay back when: Channel Ten's Being Lara Bingle featured the Cronulla nature traversing in upmarket Bondi

Way back when: Channel Ten's Being Lara Bingle featured the Cronulla nature traversing in upmarket Bondi

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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