Television critic lists five ways to save MasterChef Australia after ratings nosedived

Top television critic devises plan to save MasterChef Australia starting with a kitchen set makeover – after shock ratings nosedive

MasterChef Australia saw a ratings decline in its first week, pulling in a paltry 527,000 metro viewers, according to Mediaweek

While things are looking up – with the show scoring a slight uptick with 570,000 metro viewers tuning in on Thursday night, it hasn’t been the ratings juggernaut it was last year with the MasterChef: Back To Win all stars special. 

The reality show broke the ‘magic million’ mark in its first week last year – including nearly 1.1 million for its second episode, but has struggled in 2021.

Slide: MasterChef Australia saw a ratings decline in its first week, pulling in a paltry 527,000 metro viewers, according to Mediaweek. The reality show which broke the ‘magic million’ mark in its first week last year. Pictured judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and ock Zonfrillo

And now television critic David Knox of TV Blackbox has listed a series of surefire ways the show can come back from the brink.  

First, Knox suggests cutting the series down to a six week season – previous seasons have run for 14 or 15 weeks. 

He insisted it’s high time the kitchen set had a makeover, too, and wants to see more Mystery Box challenges. 

Save it: Television critic David Knox of TV Blackbox has listed a series of ways the show can come back from the brink

Save it: Television critic David Knox of TV Blackbox has listed a series of ways the show can come back from the brink

Next, the critic says the 90 minute episodes are simply too long, with 70 minutes being ample time for each installment. 

He also believes the show should cut the top 24 down to a top 20, with lots of double eliminations to keep the pace fast. 

Knox insists MasterClass, Junior and Celebrity editions need to go, but travel episodes and outdoor challenges need to return. 

New set: He suggested it's high time the kitchen set had a makeover, and wants to see more Mystery Box challenges

New set: He suggested it’s high time the kitchen set had a makeover, and wants to see more Mystery Box challenges

Shorter please: Next, the critic says the 90 minute episodes are simply too long, with 70 minutes ample time for each installment

Shorter please: Next, the critic says the 90 minute episodes are simply too long, with 70 minutes ample time for each installment

It comes after former Channel 10 executive Rob McKnight said the network’s top brass should be worried amid plunging ratings for its flagship cooking show.

Mr McKnight, who is the editor of television industry bible TV Blackbox, said the show had been ‘out-niced’ by the Nine Network’s family-friendly Lego Masters.

‘I really have sympathy for those in control at 10, because the show is up against stiff competition in Lego Masters and Big Brother,’ he said. 

Fast pace: He also believes the show should cut the top 24 down to a top 20, with lots of double eliminations to keep the pace fast

Fast pace: He also believes the show should cut the top 24 down to a top 20, with lots of double eliminations to keep the pace fast

Let us out: Knox insists travel episodes and outdoor challenges need to return

Let us out: Knox insists travel episodes and outdoor challenges need to return

‘Lego Masters has essentially “out-niced” 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 that last year’s impressive ratings were mainly due to the cast of returning favourites, such as Poh Ling Yeow. 

Star power: It comes after former Channel 10 executive Rob McKnight said he believes that last year's impressive ratings were mainly due to the cast of returning favourites, such as Poh Ling Yeow (pictured)

Star power: It comes after former Channel 10 executive Rob McKnight said he believes that last year’s impressive ratings were mainly due to the cast of returning favourites, such as Poh Ling Yeow (pictured) 

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