Top critic devises plan to save MasterChef Australia, starting with kitchen set makeover – after a dive with shocking reviews
MasterChef Australia saw ratings drop in its first week, attracting a meager 527,000 metro viewers, according to Media week.
As things move forward – with the show scoring a slight increase with 570,000 metro viewers tuning in on Thursday night, it wasn’t the rating juggernaut it was last year with the MasterChef: Back To Win all stars special.
The reality show broke the ‘magic million’ mark in the first week last year – including nearly 1.1 million for the second episode, but has had a tough time in 2021.
Slide: MasterChef Australia saw a drop in audience numbers in its first week, attracting a paltry 527,000 metro viewers, according to Mediaweek. The reality show that broke the ‘magic million’ mark in the first week last year. Pictured judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and ock Zonfrillo
And now TV critic David Knox of TV Blackbox has listed a series of surefire ways for the show to come back from the brink.
First, Knox suggests cutting the series back to a six-week season – previous seasons have lasted 14 or 15 weeks.
He insisted it’s high time the kitchen set also gets a makeover and wants to see more Mystery Box challenges.
Save it: TV Blackbox’s TV critic David Knox has listed a series of ways the show can get off the brink
Next, the critic says that the 90-minute episodes are just too long, with 70 minutes being plenty of time for each episode.
He also believes the show should cut the top 24 back to a top 20, with plenty of double eliminations to keep the pace up.
Knox emphasizes that MasterClass, Junior and Celebrity editions should disappear, but travel episodes and outdoor challenges should return.
New Set: He suggested it’s high time the kitchen set gets a makeover, and he wants to see more Mystery Box challenges
Shorter please: Then the critic says the 90 minute episodes are just too long, with 70 minutes plenty of time for each episode
It comes after former Channel 10 manager Rob McKnight said the top of the network should be concerned amid falling ratings for its flagship cooking show.
Mr. McKnight, who is the editor of the television industry bible TV Blackbox, said the show had been ‘outdone’ by the Nine Network’s family-friendly Lego Masters.
‘I really sympathize with those who control 10 because the show faces stiff competition in Lego Masters and Big Brother,’ he said.
Fast paced: He also believes the show should cut the top 24 back to a top 20, with plenty of double eliminations to keep the pace up
Let’s get out: Knox insists travel episodes and outdoor challenges must return
“Lego Masters has essentially” surpassed “MasterChef and still feels fresh.”
Mr. McKnight said that after 13 seasons, the normal edition of the show “doesn’t cut it anymore.”
He believes last year’s impressive ratings were mostly due to the cast of returning favorites, such as Poh Ling Yeow.
Star power: It comes after former Channel 10 manager Rob McKnight said he believes last year’s impressive ratings were mainly due to the cast of returning favorites like Poh Ling Yeow (pictured)