TVNZ announced today that MasterChef Australia is moving to 7:30pm every weeknight on TV ONE as the series heats up in the all important final stages.
Last year’s nail-biting MasterChef Australia final proved a primetime winner with New Zealand audiences, with 1.1 million Kiwis tuning in to its conclusion and an average audience of 563,500 (AP5+)*.
Jeff Latch, Head of TV ONE and TV2, says: “New Zealanders clearly welcomed the opportunity to watch the final of MasterChef Australia in primetime, so this year we are excited to screen at 7:30pm the final action-packed weeks of the Australian MasterChef competition.”
“The schedule change for MasterChef Australia, together with our unique coverage of the Rugby World Cup and the 2011 General Election during the months of October and November will require a change to the scheduling of a number of primetime shows including Coronation Street,” he says.
“Mindful of the need to provide regular access for Coronation Street viewers, the programme will be scheduled weekdays at 5:30pm on TV ONE; an extra half-hour each week. In addition, a weekend omnibus edition of the week’s shows will be scheduled, and episodes will be available online using our popular TVNZ OnDemand service.”
The schedule changes will take effect from Monday 17 October.