The Australian television personality, who hosts the comedy panel show, said that he believes that ratings would not have suffered if it had been left in its original timeslot and it could have been as "successful" as Adam Hills' Spicks and Specks.
Pickering told TV Tonight: "8pm [as an airtime] is pretty unconventional. I don't often criticise the decisions of my masters, because I don't think it's politics. And the fact is everyone is an expert programmer when they're not actually programming a network.
"So I'll just say Spicks and Specks was an extremely successful, broadly appealing panel/game show that was allowed to enjoy the same timeslot for the entirety of its existence. And its numbers reflected that.
"I would never claim that we were ever as good as Spicks and Specks. They had a staggering achievement in what they did. But if we'd been left at 7.30pm on a Tuesday night for the entirety of four seasons, I think that maybe those numbers would have been different."
Pickering also hosts The Project, which suffered a timeslot change earlier this year, but said that the show was not affected because it is on every night.
"When you're on five, [or] now six nights a week," he said, "it's much easier for an audience to pick up where you are."
Pickering added that he and his co-hosts Carrie Bickmore and Dave Hughes are "very passionate" about The Project and are "willing to make sacrifices" to ensure it is a big success.
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