Take a look at the TV schedules or look at the ratings and it’s bleedingly obvious… viewers are getting a raw deal with a lack of compelling content while we all wait patiently for the Olympic Games.
The Games begin on August 6th but since the end of The Voice and House Rules, Nine and Seven have offered little by way of premium entertainment content.
Sure there are local dramas Love Child and Winners and Losers, but unless one is into observational shows or clip shows it’s slim pickings lately.
Schedules are drawing upon movie replays, dashboard cams and bad drivers, clips and commercials, or shows that were once shuffled off to multichannels.
No wonder TEN has lifted. MasterChef is rating every night. It has also returned Offspring and launched The Great Australian Spelling Bee (albeit to modest ratings). TEN will also roll straight into The Bachelor and new US comedy Life in Pieces (although the timeslot is a bit unexpected). Gogglebox begins filming in the next two weeks.
ABC has Barracuda, Mad as Hell, Gruen while SBS will screen all 4 eps of Roots before the starter gun in Rio.
TV commentator Andrew Mercado told TV Tonight, “We do seem to be in a lull at the moment and if it’s due to Free to Air networks playing silly games, when will they ever learn?
“Don’t they realise it is 2016 and viewers now have many other choices with Foxtel and streaming services galore?”
The good news is there’s plenty coming after the Games: The Secret Daughter, 800 Words, Hyde + Seek, The Block, The X Factor, Survivor, The Bachelorette, House Husbands, Married at First Sight, House of Bond, Zumbo’s Just Desserts, Brock, The Wrong Girl, Deep Water, The Code, Upper Middle Bogan, Please Like Me, Who Do You Think You Are?, and more.