How Much Reality TV Are You Watching?
Apparently there were nearly 102 hours of Big Brother this year along with 71.5 hours of Masterchef Australia according to research by Fusion Strategy. The reason is that Networks are scheduling long form programming aka that is shows that can be screened on multiple nights of the week.
BIG Brother is the king of bum-numbing television with exclusive Fusion Strategy research showing that Channel 9 screened a whopping 101.75 hours of its hit reality series in 2013.
Other Aussie TV couch-killers include MasterChef Australia (71.5 hours), The Block (62.2), My Kitchen Rules (61.75), The X Factor (57.5), and The Voice(42.4).
Those figures blow out even more when daytime and late night repeats are added in.
It would appear the audience are not getting sick of them either with more hours being made each year.
These long-form shows are getting longer every year. The first series of My Kitchen Rules lasted 16 episodes. This year’s stretched to a whopping 46.
In 2012, the Big Brother housemates spent 87 days cooped up on the Gold Coast. This year they endured 101.
The first three seasons of The Block aired once per week. These days Nine’s renovation series can soak up six nights on the trot. To up the ante, there are now Block spin-offs such as All Stars and Fans v Favourites.
Even though there are so many hours reality shows are still the highest rating shows on television, with six of the ten most watched television events being reality TV programs.
News.com.au reports that My Kitchen Rules The Winner Announced was the most watched show on tv with 3.27 million viewers. However The Voice Sunday show was the most watched regular program with over 2 million viewers. The other programs that made the top ten were The Block Sky High Winner announced, The Block Auction night, The X Factor Finale and The Voice Finale. For the record I think the way the Networks splits shows into sections to get higher ratings is bollocks considering they don’t turn up on the recording devices or TV guides as separate shows.
And yes I have just seen my 2014 flash before my eyes.