The Magda Szubanski-led reboot of The Weakest Link has plummeted in the ratings in its second week on air.
Last night’s episode of the game show was watched by just 300,000 viewers across the five metro capitals, leaving it outside the top 20 most-watched shows of the night.
The show opened to soft numbers the previous week, with 423,000 viewers tuning in across the five metro capitals to place 18th in the night’s ratings.
And it seems that those who did tune in had a few critiques for the fledgling reboot.
Viewers on social media have given mixed feedback, with criticisms about the show’s attempts at humour and the very structure of the game, which sees contestants compete in rapid-fire rounds of trivia to win cash prizes.
The most common complaint, though? The show’s sound design – in particular the decision to put a booming echo effect every single time Szubanski utters the words “the weakest link”.
Hope the producers of #WeakestLinkAU have already figured out that they need to scrap the echo when Magda says “The Weakest Link”
— Moppa (@Moppa12) June 1, 2021
— Shane Potter (@ShanePotter_) June 1, 2021
Enjoy this show. My only complaint is that the echo whenever Magda says “The Weakest Like” is getting kinda annoying #WeakestLinkAU
— Dane Young (@toadly1998) June 1, 2021
Why are they trying to make the weakest link “funny?” It’s like fetch, stop trying to make it happen, it’s not gonna happen #WeakestLinkAU
— CT (@ctru999) June 1, 2021
#WeakestLinkAU has a huge structural fault. The best 2 players out of the final 3 always want to play against the spud, so 1 of the top 2 always gets voted out. You never get a head to head between the 2 top players. Huge anti-climax.
— there’s nothing petty about harry (@brodiexparsons) June 1, 2021
Loving the #WeakestLinkAU I’m a big trivia show fan anyway but add Magda and it makes it even better.
— Sam Lopez (@SamLopezAus) June 1, 2021
The Weakest Link originally aired in Australia for two seasons in the early noughties, with British-born actress Cornelia Frances playing up to her tough public image as the fearsome host. Frances died in 2018 aged 77 after a battle with cancer.
This Szubanski-led reboot was delayed days before it was originally set to premiere on screens earlier in May. A Nine spokesperson confirmed the line-up change to news.com.au, saying: “Due to the tight production schedule Weakest Link will now launch at the end of May on Channel 9.”
Originally published as One big problem with The Weakest Link