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Millionaire Hot Seat: Channel Nine game show could be AXED

It’s the longest-running game show on Australian television.

But the future of Millionaire Hot Seat is looking uncertain, with an industry expert claiming its days could be numbered after it was bumped from its usual time slot.

TV Blackbox editor Rob McKnight, who previously worked for Channel Nine, believes the move ‘doesn’t bode well’ for the once-unbeatable show.

The beginning of the end for Millionaire Hot Seat? Channel Nine is reportedly 'losing confidence' in the Eddie McGuire-hosted game show

The beginning of the end for Millionaire Hot Seat? Channel Nine is reportedly 'losing confidence' in the Eddie McGuire-hosted game show

The beginning of the end for Millionaire Hot Seat? Channel Nine is reportedly ‘losing confidence’ in the Eddie McGuire-hosted game show

Millionaire Hot Seat, which is hosted by Eddie McGuire, has held onto the strategically-important 5pm time slot for the past 11 years.

But it was recently moved forward by an hour in the Adelaide market to make way for local news, after losing viewers to Channel Seven’s The Chase.

‘Moving to 4pm indicates Nine is looking for alternatives,’ McKnight said, suggesting that the network may have lost confidence in the format.

Bumped: Millionaire Hot Seat, which is hosted by Eddie McGuire (pictured), has held onto the strategically-important 5pm time slot for the past 11 years. But it was recently moved forward by an hour in Adelaide to make way for local news, after losing viewers to Seven's The Chase

Bumped: Millionaire Hot Seat, which is hosted by Eddie McGuire (pictured), has held onto the strategically-important 5pm time slot for the past 11 years. But it was recently moved forward by an hour in Adelaide to make way for local news, after losing viewers to Seven's The Chase

Bumped: Millionaire Hot Seat, which is hosted by Eddie McGuire (pictured), has held onto the strategically-important 5pm time slot for the past 11 years. But it was recently moved forward by an hour in Adelaide to make way for local news, after losing viewers to Seven’s The Chase

McKnight added that the 5pm time slot is crucial to all networks because it is used to feed audiences to the news programs later in the evening.

He speculated that Nine may be looking to replace Millionaire Hot Seat with an Australian version of British game show Tipping Point.

‘They are currently running the UK version [of Tipping Point] in the afternoon, just like Seven did before making a local version of The Chase,’ he added.

Facing the chop? 'Moving to 4pm indicates Nine is looking for alternatives,' said industry expert Robert McKnight. Pictured: Eddie McGuire in Melbourne on September 29, 2018

Facing the chop? 'Moving to 4pm indicates Nine is looking for alternatives,' said industry expert Robert McKnight. Pictured: Eddie McGuire in Melbourne on September 29, 2018

Facing the chop? ‘Moving to 4pm indicates Nine is looking for alternatives,’ said industry expert Robert McKnight. Pictured: Eddie McGuire in Melbourne on September 29, 2018

Millionaire Hot Seat has been losing viewers since September 2015, when fast-paced game show The Chase premiered on Seven.

Nine tried to shake things up in 2017 by extending the program by an hour and quickening the pace with the inclusion of the Fastest Finger First Round.

But despite these changes, The Chase still remains No. 1 by a significant margin.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine comment.

Ratings winner: Millionaire Hot Seat has been losing viewers since September 2015, when fast-paced game show The Chase premiered on Seven. Pictured: The Chase star Issa Schultz

Ratings winner: Millionaire Hot Seat has been losing viewers since September 2015, when fast-paced game show The Chase premiered on Seven. Pictured: The Chase star Issa Schultz

Ratings winner: Millionaire Hot Seat has been losing viewers since September 2015, when fast-paced game show The Chase premiered on Seven. Pictured: The Chase star Issa Schultz

Source: dailymail UK

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