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House Rules Fights Back in Ratings

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VIC Contestants and brothers Nick and Chris

Channel 7’s answer to The Block may have finally found it’s audience after an embarrassing start to the home renovation reality show.

After debuting last Tuesday with a meager 806,000 viewers (It was easily beat by Channel 9’s The Block Sky High and The Voice) and dropping to an all time low of 687,000 viewers on Thursday night, House Rules Monday night episode finally cracked the 1 million viewers mark with the show’s First House Reveal episode.

So why are now viewers tuning in?  The Voice and The Block Sky High are still holding top spot but are not reaching the same highs as earlier seasons and both renovation shows are only partly overlapping in schedule timing.

One could argue that Seven’s decision to schedule recaps of the series across its weekend programming may have helped but my guess is the change in programming of 9’s The Voice, now only being aired on Monday nights (clearly to stretch out the series as possible) has actually helped House Rules boost it’s ratings numbers.

House Rules is a fun watch and is a new twist on the the home renovation show competitions, but after a weeks worth of viewings, i’m hardly rooting for ANY couple to win the coveted prize of having their entire mortgage paid off.

The casting department have single-handedly managed to wrangle a bunch of highly unlikable couples to take part in the competition.  Between overbearing wives, know-it-all husbands and two bully brothers, most of the couples on House Rules seem extremely undeserving of such a reward.

My advice, watch the show for resident build supervisor Chester Drife.  He’s the good-looking and nice guy version of The Block’s foreman Keith!

Check your local listings for when House Rules is airing next on Channel 7.

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The Block Fires First Shot In Renovator Show War

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Contestants Alisa and Lysandra Fraser
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No one can deny the power of Channel 9’s The Block series.  After the All Stars series brought strong ratings earlier this year for the network, 9 were quick to follow up with the latest series The Block Sky High which premiered last night to strong ratings.

1.31 million viewers nationally tuned in to the new series which has upped the challenge on your bog-standard home/apartment renovating show and has now moved into an old apartment block Melbourne, where each couple have an entire floor to complete over an 11 week period.

How will Channel 7’s version titled House Rules stack up?  The two shows have very similar formats. House Rules, hosted by Johanna Griggs and from the makers of My Kitchen Rules, gets six state-based teams to renovate each other’s homes.The Block Sky High, hosted by Scott Cam and Shelley Craft, features five state-based teams that turn a five-storey South Melbourne hotel into luxury apartments.

Apparently Channel 7 are so confident in their own show, Rules has been scheduled up against Sky High three nights a week and are hoping to nab upwards of 500,000 viewers from 9.  That said, The Block, an established series, has it’s dedicated fans and is bringing in new viewers on a series basis.  Sevens Rules is a new show that isn’t starting until Tuesday night.

My call: Viewers are going to stick with The Block.  Seven will try and keep beating the dead donkey but before series end, Rules will be relegated to either 7Mate or will run back-to-back episodes on a weekend.

The Block Sky High airs Sundays through Thursdays at 7pm on 9

House Rules premiere’s Tuesday May 14th at 7.30pm on 7

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No More Diving for Celebrities in Splash

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Celebrity Splash divers Nick Brack, Denise Drysdale and Tamsyn Manou

I was happy to call it right after the premiere episode and today, Channel 7 confirmed that reality diving show Celebrity Splash is being axed.

Unable to compete against the power house that is Channel 9’s The Voice, Splash, on Monday night, only managed a meager 821,000 viewers down from 1.31 million it received in its premiere episode.

The network has removed next Monday’s second semi-final from it’s schedule and will head straight into the show’s Grand Final, moving the showing to a quieter Thursday night time-slot.

You’re Fired! Celebrity Apprentice’s First Ousting.

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Singer Prinnie Stevens

You have to hand it to Mark Bouris.  Asking contestants in this season of Celebrity Apprentice to arrange themselves in order of level of fame right off the get-go was inspired scripting.  When the task was given, jaws were on the ground and the ‘stunned mullet’ look was quite popular to use by most.  While there were no real claws out (the girls sorted themselves out quite appropriately), the boys team was less than classy about the situation.  Surely one would assume 80’s rocker and  Uncanny X-Men lead singer Bryan Mannix would be well before the likes of Chef Pete Everitt and stage regular Rob Mills, but no, Mannix quite happily placed himself last ‘for the good of the team’.  Ex AFL Footballer Dermott Brereton offered the same approach.

Something tells me the girls provided more balls than the boys.

It took some time but the claws did come out.  How social commentator Prue Macsween was able to walk out of the boardroom after having shreds of flesh taken off her by her fellow contestants is an amazement that will bewilder many for time to come

No one wants to be the first to be ousted on a reality show.  Be it a cooking show, singing show, talent show or a show where celebrities work to make money for charity.  Tonight’s first round outing saw The Voice contestant and singer Prinnie Stevens the first to hear the ever famous catchphrase ‘You’re Fired!’

What a Dive: Celebrity Splash Sinks

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Divers Denise Drysdale and Nick Bracks in Celebrity Splash

Well the results are in and no amount of lifesaving will keep Channel 7’s new Celebrity Splash from sinking into never-to-be-seen again depths.

While just over 1.31 million viewers tuned in, reviews coming from the general public are less than forgiving.  Most are criticizing the stars for lowering themselves to such a level, others are annoyed with the amass of wasted space between dives.  Myself?  I was at a loss of words while watching.

The use of the word ‘celebrity‘ was most unsettling.  While contestants such as comedian and actor Josh Thomas and TV royalty Denise Drysdale may fall into that category, the rest of the cast was filled with sports stars (runner Tamsyn Lewis, cricketer Andrew Symonds and footballer Andrew Welsh) models (Nick Bracks and  Renae Ayris) and the in-betweeners (Radio host Adam Richards, Brynne Edelsten and Koby Abberton).

The smartest ‘celebrity‘ in this entire gig was Laura Csortan who ‘had to pull out due to injury’ before the first dive even began.  Smart girl.  She was quickly replaced by former Gladiator Derek Boyer who stunned everyone with a face first splash into the pool from the 10m diving board.

The most amusing thing about the show?  US diver and Splash judge Greg Louganis (looking even tanner than George Hamilton ever did) trying to act like he knew who it was he was judging.

Along side Louganis was Winter Olympian Alisa Camplin who exuded perkiness like an aging cheerleader and next to her, Aussie diver Matthew Mitchum who came off as snarky and bitchy (especially to an obviously uncomfortable Josh Thomas).

The fact alone that not only did these stars have to endure performing a dive in front of a live audience (I’m pretty sure there were more people in the stadium for Splash than there ever was for It’s a Knockout) but they also had to endure under the cuff taunts from hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies as well as being judged on their efforts after only a six week crash course.

In the end, everybody on this show only have themselves to blame for the situation they have found themselves in.

Will Splash hold the same viewers as it did last night?  I doubt it.  If comments like “I will never get that time back” or “What a waste, is this what channel 7 can offer us?” are anything to go by, Splash may find itself in a watery grave very soon.

Kitchen Wins on Viewers

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My Kitchen Rules Series 2 winners Dan and Steph from QLD

Between a series final of My Kitchen Rules and a battle round of The Voice, it was no surprise to see that last nights television offering drew the most viewers to their television sets this year.

Last nights episode of The Voice saw the Battle Rounds continue on, with both Seal and Ricky Martin using their ‘save’ option to save two singers (Hannah Darling and Jazz crooner Emma Pask) from elimination leaving judge Delta Goodrem with the last save option.  The episode drew a massive 1.97 million viewers but was not strong enough to take down the might that was the My Kitchen Rules finale.

The finale which saw teams Dan and Steph and Jake and Elle, two QLD teams, battle it out in the kitchen in front of eliminated teams and friends and family, and eventually saw viewer favorites Dan and Steph take out the prize, drew the biggest audience so far this year with a massive 2.97 million viewers (Nationally, the program brought in 4.27 million viewers).

My Kitchen Rules is set to return next year for a fifth season (Advertising has already begun for teams to apply) while The Voice continues it’s Battle Rounds Sundays through Tuesdays on Channel 9.


QLD Showdown in MKR finale

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MKR contestants and finalists Dan and Steph Mulheron.

It will be a battle for the pride of QLD as two teams from the sunshine state will battle it out the kitchen for the My Kitchen Rules grand finale on Sunday night.

Favorites Dan and Steph Mulheron won their place in the final taking out Bondi boys and personal trainers Matt and Luke while siblings Jake and Elle Harrison had no troubles taking out father and son team of Mick and Matt Newell from Tasmania, beating them by 7 points in Wednesday nights cook-off.

While Dan and Steph may be viewer favorites, it’s brother and sister combo Jake and Elle who are firm favorites to win the finale, and if they do, it will make them the youngest contestants ever to win the show.

MKR has been riding a wave of praise and criticism for this season.  From like-able couples to bad editing to contestants who don’t eat half of the food chain to accidentally revealing results (Adelaide viewers were ‘accidentally’ shown an MKR advert that revealed Tasmanian father and son team Mick and Matt won Comeback Kitchen 40 minutes into the episode which was currently being aired)  and battled for viewers against rival talent show ‘The Voice’.

MKR’s grand final airs this Sunday Night on the Seven network.

No Talent Show for Mel B

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Blocked from Channel Nine: Melanie B

The court battle between networks Nine and Seven over popular personality and former Spice Girl Melanie Brown has concluded with a judge ordering an injunction preventing her from working for an Australian network other than Channel Seven.

After Channel Seven dumped ‘Australia’s Got Talent‘, Channel Nine quickly picked up the show and also sought out Brown, who had spent two seasons as a judge and mentor on their own talent show ‘X Factor’ leaving Seven with no choice but to take the rival network to court over claims that Browns move from Seven to Nine was a breach of contract.

Browns reasons for not returning to the ‘X Factor‘ were revealed to be in link with comedian Eddie Murphy, with whom Brown shares a child, claiming that custody issues with Murphy was preventing her from bringing their child into Australia and as Seven refused to bank-roll Brown’s court case to have the custody issues resolved, this led to Brown’s decision to leave the network.

With the courts decision effectively banning Mel B from appearing on any other network but Channel Seven to until the end of January 2014, we’ll have to wait and how Brown and the Seven Network plan to work together.

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Return to Form for My Kitchen Rules

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Judges Pete Evans and Manu Feidel

After a week-long hiatus, Channel 7’s ‘My Kitchen Rules‘ literally ruled the screen last night with a massive 1.92 million viewers tuning in to watch the first week of finals.

Channel 7 had been hyping a possible new rivalry between female teams Ashlee and Sophia from NSW and Jenna and Joanna from SA with multiple adverts during the shows week-long absence.

The reality-cooking show has been a major hit for the 7 network and has caused many uproars from viewers ranging from contestants who bully, contestants who are racially abused on social networking sites and contestants who don’t eat certain types of food (remember the I-don’t-eat-tomatoes-capsicum-chocolate-orange-girls?)

The show has also begun to hype up episodes showing ousted contestants fighting for a chance to make it back into the competition.

My Kitchen  Rules airs on the 7 Network week-nightly at 7pm