Yesterday it was all pretty grim.
Across the media, on Twitter, talkback radio and online TEN was being duly smacked for its programming move squeezing The Renovators into MasterChef‘s finale.
It overwhelmed Kate’s win and the ratings results. But the news is not all bad.
What we have witnessed is the audience being so vocal because they are engaged in the show. They still care about MasterChef. They are invested in the show so much that they pipe up on Immunity challenges, Mystery Boxes, Dalai Lamas, Lockdowns and programming stunts such as that on Sunday.
That’s a positive.
The alternative would be apathy.
TEN should take heart from the fact that viewers feel ownership of the show to want to see its integrity preserved. This is completely different to the audience having abandoned a brand like Australian Idol.
There are lessons for the network, FremantleMedia and Shine Australia from across the season. Junior MasterChef has some work ahead of it.