What are Reality TV’s biggest commitments?
MasterChef Australia and The block are the most demanding reality shows on air requiring 50 or more nights from their audience.
Both screened for 13 weeks in 2021 with Chef tipping the scales at 61 episodes (plus 2 Masterclasses). This is great for the sales department, but not so great for viewers who are short on time.
Some shows are also very demanding in terms of schedules every night, the most recent I’m a celebrity get me out of here some screening episodes at almost 2 hours.
So do viewers have the stamina?
In some cases yes. Both The block and Chef are two of television’s longest-running reality juggernauts, with 17 and 13 seasons respectively.
But if you are looking for some of the less demanding of your time, then The Voice: Generations (3 episodes) & australian ninja warrior (9) have you covered. Foxtel Reality shows are also usually around 10 episodes each.
Here are the episode sets of the last completed seasons of the free reality shows:
|Rank||Title||Episodes||weeks||Avg. length*||Total minutes*|
|3||Married at first sight||32||9||90||2880|
|5||the island of love||27||7||60||1620|
|7||The Amazing Race Australia||24||9||75||1800|
|8||I’m a celebrity get me out of here||20||5||100||2000|
|9||The single person||16||6||70||1120|
|12||Famous celebrity chef||13||7||80||1040|
|13||The farmer wants a wife||13||3#||80||1040|
|15||beauty and the geek||12||4||75||900|
|17||Big Brother VIP||11||4||80||880|
|18||The Masked Singer||11||4||75||825|
|19||australian ninja warrior||9||3||90||810|
|20||The Voice: Generations||3||1||90||270|
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Brook Hall, Seven Network Scheduler said tv tonight time is an important consideration with the network looking to produce shorter seasons.
“From 2015 to 2018, we had house rules and MKR which together had 100 episodes. When you rate and people watch, I can see why you would do that. So I can understand why Chef Where The block are 50 or more episodes.
One thing I can say about MKR (2022), we cut it into a third. When we took over The voice we cut it in half. We keep this philosophy because it puts you in a position of strength,” he said.
“If you have 10 marks of 10 to 15 episodes, if one or two drop, that’s fine.
“One thing we learned was that we became too dependent on two shows. James (Warburton, CEO) wants lots of powerful weapons, not one or two where you make yourself vulnerable.