Not sure if this is worthy of its own topic. But since it’s almost a decade since that particularly bad year for Channel Ten, I figured that enough time has passed for a dedicated thread in the TV History section to look back on all those new shows from 2012 which didn’t really go anywhere except into the Wikipedia archives.
First cab off the ranks is quite timely with the 50th anniversary special for this program airing on Ten tomorrow night, the 2012 reincarnation of Young Talent Time.
I seem to remember this being the centrepiece of Ten’s big relaunch for 2012 with a new On-Air Presentation package and ill-fated 2D logo. Over that fairly cool, wet Summer of 2011-12, viewers of Ten were bombarded with promos featuring the soundtrack of Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” - there were even versions which had horribly autotuned vocals from key members of the new Young Talent Team!
Anyway…the first episode of YTT 2012 (which was part introduction to the new team, part reunion of the old - competition element didn’t begin until Episode 2 IIRC) received over 1 million metro viewers, but it was downhill from there.
By the end of March, Ten’s much hyped “Super Sunday” had become “Same Old Sunday”. Due to poor ratings in Total People and key demographics, Young Talent Time was bumped to Fridays as former Sunday night program The Biggest Loser took its place. That move didn’t save YTT, with just under 350k metro viewers (bad by current TV ratings standards let alone those of 2012) still tuning in by mid-April: Bold & The Beautiful at 4.30pm in the afternoon actually had higher ratings at that time!
Young Talent Time 2012 finished on May 4 and just scraped into the Top 20 with not only Friday Night Football on Seven/Nine, but the ABC’s Friday night lineup receiving more viewers than YTT’s finale!
NSW dance group “Lil’ Banditz Krew” won $100,000 in the competition portion of the program, the 2012 Young Talent Team seemed to enjoy reasonable success with a sell-out live show tour, but I think they would’ve disbanded after that. One of the older talent team members Lyndall was a contestant on The Voice back in 2015, but I’d imagine that she (like the rest of the 2012 YTT…and almost all ex-contestants of The Voice) has since faded into obscurity!
I’ll probably look back at some of Ten’s other 2012 failures at a later date, but in the meantime hope people enjoyed that first installment (and especially the research/searches of the TV Tonight database which went into it)!