In a surprise move, Nine have renewed Excess Baggage for a second season.
The weight-loss reality series which had its finale last Thursday (March 29), will air again in 2013 in a new and revised format.
Excess Baggage was rushed to air January 30, 2012, and scheduled against Ten’s The Biggest Loser, now in its seventh season. Nine had high hopes for the show, with major advertising campaigns leading up to its launch.
In its first week on air, ratings quickly dropped off to settle around the 500,000 mark, before Nine were forced to move Excess Baggage to GO! as the 2012 ratings survey got underway, after its second week on air on the main channel.
On GO!, Excess Baggage enjoyed a regular 6.30pm Monday-Thursday timeslot. Despite attracting less than 100,000 viewers per episode, the series played out in its entirety, as originally planned.
The finale on Thursday night attracted an average audience of 95,000 and peaked at 214,000 viewers on GO!
A source claims Nine have learnt from their mistakes with Excess Baggage this year and hope to build on that next year with a new and revamped show – dubbed Excess Baggage 2.0.
A name change could be possible, while the format will be reviewed and improved to keep viewers interested in the second incarnation.
A casting call for potential contestants will go out later in the year.
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