It appears that there has been some talk on the Masterchef Australia set about this series current ratings with even the judges giving their opinion on what to do.
Gary Mehigan has suggested taking it back to one night a week.
He told the Daily Telegraph:
MASTERCHEF judge Gary Mehigan says Channel 10 will need to consider scaling back the hit reality show to once or twice a week if it wants the brand to survive.
The chef added that Ten may want to consider scaling the show back gradually to just one episode a week to keep the format fresh.
“The problem we have at the moment is that for three months of the year we’ve got a whole lot of brilliant TV and then the rest of the time we’ve got repeats and American crime shows,” he said.
“I think if MasterChef is to have a future, you have to be able to do something so that viewers get excited about it coming back – maybe first taking it to four days a week. Then maybe eventually it will be on one day a week.”
Mehigan said he and fellow judges George Calombaris and Matt Preston had been reminding each other about their pact “not to become dickheads” on set.
Personally I don’t know Gary is hitting the panic button so early.
Sure it is not rating as it was, but it is rating over the magic million so the vultures don’t need to circle its dying carcass just yet. I know ratings are important but for diehard fans it is all about the show.
The year Shine Australia has tweaked the series and it has improved this year. The viewer is getting a feel about what most people’s cooking expertise and style is like. Something we did not have at the same stage of the competition last year. There are some exceptions like Mario, Jules and Wade, however compare this to last year when there with 19 contestants left we would barely see six dishes an episode.
Showing more of the dishes has meant there has been more tension in the episodes with it not being as obvious who will be in the top or bottom three, or in fact who will be eliminated. In fact last night I had no idea who was going to win the invention test.
Now there have been criticisms about some of the challenges particularly the Thursday night elimination challenges where it appears that by default some of the weaker contestants remain safe. This has been irritating. But to be fair could the producers really guess that Big Kev would pick the hardest pasta to identify first up or that none of the contestants last week bar Jules could cook a steak to medium rare. A bit like writing legislation and finding it has unintended consequences or loopholes. But maybe these things do need to be thought through a little better.
The judges appear to have stopped most of the pantomime with just the occasional melodrama and the original Matt Preston appears to be back. He is at his best when he is evocatively describing the dishes. Unfortunately he is not getting as much air time as the other judges.
George has stopped bouncing and trying to be the court jester, and in fact it was a pleasure to watch him at the pass in the Stanley Hotel challenge advising and mentoring. Gary the “nice” judge previously is not so nice this season, with him at times appearing to bully some of the male contestants.
They really should do what they do with Top Chef to keep it fresh by bringing in new personnel each season. This season on Top Chef Texas they have chef Hugh Acheson as a judge. He proved his chops as a contestant on Top Chef Masters both as a TV personality and chef.
Yes I think to give the show a bit more vigour I would look at bringing someone new in. Also they should consider allowing the guest judges who are there for the pressure tests to actually have a say in who should be eliminated.
The one problem continues to be the immunity challenges. There is still not an even playing field with Mindy managing to obtain an immunity pin off the back two other cooks Audra and Amina. The consensus amongst this blogs readers appears that it should be a head to head with one chef cooking a dish that is not their signature one.
To keep Masterchef Australia on our screens, which it should be as it is one of the better reality TV shows on TV, it needs to be kept fresh as well as keeping the elements the viewers know and love.
Network TEN have announced an All Stars serie
s which is exciting and different. This will be shown over the Olympics. TEN should also consider a Masterchef Professional
series there would be chefs lining up to be on it and would keep the Masterchef
brand alive and kicking.