Big Brother Australia premiered to dismal ratings on Monday night.
The first episode of the new season failed to win over half a million Subway viewers, according to industry website TV Tonight.
The launch of season 14 attracted only 487,000 viewers in the five major cities.
Disappointing: Big Brother Australia premiered to dismal ratings on Monday night. (Pictured: Big Brother host Sonia Kruger)
The show trailed behind Nine’s Lego Masters and 10’s MasterChef.
Afternoon game show The Chase Australia was the most-watched entertainment show of the day with 588,000 viewers.
Channel Seven is no doubt hoping that Big Brother will attract a wider audience to its 7plus streaming platform.
Bad start: The launch of season 14 only attracted 487,000 viewers in the five major cities, behind Nine’s Lego Masters and 10’s MasterChef
Despite its “fans versus favourites” gimmick, Big Brother failed to impress viewers who made their feelings known on Twitter.
Viewers were happy to see legends such as Reggie Bird, Tim Dormer and “Farmer Dave” Graham return, but they weren’t happy with the pre-recorded format.
Big Brother included live elements during its original broadcast on Channel 10.
Mixed reception: Viewers were happy to see returning legends such as Reggie Bird (right), Tim Dormer (left) and Dave Graham (centre), but were unhappy with the pre-recorded format
‘I miss when Big Brother was filmed live!’ one fan tweeted, while another added, “Is this pre-recorded yet?”
“Remember on the night of the launch, they were going one by one and getting a little packet of background, and they were coming down and the crowd was cheering so loudly.” We have been robbed,” wrote another.
Others were left out by the “fake crowd sounds” heard when housemates entered the house to meet host Sonia Kruger at the door.
‘Fake audience’: Big Brother included live elements during its original Channel 10 broadcast, and many fans said they weren’t happy with the switch to a pre-recorded format
When Seven relaunched Big Brother in 2020 after its previous run on 10 and Nine, it was the first time the entire presentation was pre-recorded.
Sonia explained why this was a case during an interview on Sunrise at the time.
She said: “In the past, you had 24 hours to shoot an episode, so the shows were live top and bottom, but what you saw in the middle was recorded the day before.
“So if you had a quiet day or the weather was bad, you ended up with a bit of a boring episode.
“Because it was pre-recorded, we had time to craft each episode to be jam-packed from start to finish.”
Big Brother continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on Channel Seven
Next episode: Big Brother continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on Channel Seven