Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney’s skewering of food trends in their ABC iView series The Katering Show has become the video on demand platforms highest viewing original series ever.
Since launching on April 15 the eight-episode short form comedy has notched up over 1 million plays and talks are under way with the ABC and Screen Australia for more of The Katering Show for later this year.
The ABC signed food intolerant Kate McCartney and her intolerably smug foodie co-host Kate McLennan exclusively to iView after their six episode first series became a smash on You Tube in 2015. The pairs Thermomix episode in season one has garnered over 2.179 million views while their We Quit Sugar pulled in over 900,000 views on YouTube.
The Kates, as they’ve become known, said: “1 million plays of The Katering Show Season 2 on ivue (sic). We can’t believe it. That’s over half the population of Australia”.
No topic has been off limits in the second series, with pop-up Ramen bars, grossly unscientific diets, placenta-eating yummy mummies and even culinary icon Maggie Beer all targets.
Season 2 of the show also launched in the U.S. on May 11 on independent YouTube network FullScreen. It will roll out to other territories soon.
ABC head of audience and digital Rebecca Heap said, “We commission digital first content to build the audience for unique Australian perspectives on our culture across all platforms. The Kates nailed the brief”.
ABC Head of Comedy Rick Kalowski added, “To have shocked and appalled such a huge number of viewers with The Katering Show Season 2 is a dream come true”.
“The Kates have caught lightning in a bottle a second time with their unique brand of humour. Screen Australia is thrilled to have been able to provide some of the ingredients once again,” Screen Australia Investment Manager, Multiplatform Mike Cowap said.