John Edwards has produced more than 35 series, miniseries and telepics since 1985 in his illustrious career and has rarely made a misstep creatively.
So the producer was as surprised as Network Ten
executives when Party Tricks
opened poorly last month and even more so when the ratings for the second episode plunged by 32% and never recovered.
The 6-part drama has appealing leads in Asher Keddie
and Rodger Corser
, was created by Michael Lucas
, one of the core writers on Offspring
, and produced by Endemol Australia.s Edwards and his long-time collaborator Imogen Banks
Keddie stars as Kate Ballard, the Victorian Premier, with Corser as David McLeod
, the opposition leader and her one-time secret lover.
The premiere was watched by 710,000 viewers in the five capital cities and the second episode drew just 476,000.. The consolidated ratings were a bit more respectable: 806,000 capital city viewers, up 14% or 97,000 viewers with time-shifted viewing for the premiere; and 570,000 up 20% or 95,000 viewers,