Former My Kitchen Rules star Colin Fassnidge couldn’t help but veiled friction as MasterChef sank further and further in the rankings.
Former My Kitchen Rules judge Colin Fassnidge has denounced MasterChef’s ranking woes this season, telling fans he hasn’t seen ratings this bad… since his own show, MKR.
The TV chef’s tweet came as MasterChefsinking to 376,000 viewers across the five metro capitals for Wednesday’s episode. That’s after the current Fans vs. Favorites season opened on Monday to 545,000 viewers across the city’s five metros — the lowest premiere figure in the franchise’s 14 seasons.
“Last time I saw a bad rating like this at an event………… I was there,” Fassnidge tweetedalong with the laughing emoji and the boxing glove emoji.
Fassnidge was one of the judges on the final season of the hit cooking show Seven My Kitchen Rules in 2020, when the event’s ranking dropped to a low of 395,000 across the five metro capitals. At the end of that season, only 553,000 viewers had watched the grand final – and the show has not been shown since.
But Ten is certainly not alone in dealing with soft ratings. Seven, Nine, and Ten all launched family-friendly reality shows at 7:30pm on Monday nights, with Sound, Lego Master and MasterChef respectively, and all dropped in the previous season.
Voice won on the first night, attracting 843,000 viewers – as of Wednesday’s episode, they were still ahead but had dropped to 629,000 viewers, significantly narrowing their lead on lego master.
Nine’s Hamish Blake’s offering attracted 672,000 viewers on Monday, which had dropped to 562,000 on Wednesday, while MasterChef been ranking behind the two of them all week.
And while Seven won the time slot, it was a marked drop from the network’s first season Voice last year, which scored 1.91 million viewers for its first episode on the new network.
Seven have been hunted down dramatically Voice from rival network Nine in 2020. At the time, Nine had publicly insisted they weren’t worried about missing out on the long-running show, which they smell had become “by far the poorest financial player on our list” because of its “declining demographic profile.”