Updated – Masterchef will premiere Monday April 19, at 7.30pm.
The Biggest Loser finale is on Sunday April 18, at 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
Now that we know what Ten’s line up is for the first week back after Easter non ratings, we can provide some speculation on what may happen with Ten programming in subsequent weeks.
Everyone want to know when Masterchef season 2 will air. Masterchef will not be on until the Biggest Loser finishes. In the week April 11-17 (week 16), Biggest Loser ends the week with five contestants. There are the original three from the Easter week, plus the two winners of the 42k marathon re-entering the house, less whoever was eliminated on the Monday night, plus the biggest loser out of Phil and Joe back from Commando training.
Based on there being five contestants at the start of week 17 (April 18), one would be eliminated on Monday 19th leaving four to go to weigh in on the next Sunday April 25. Assuming the same formula as 2009, that would leave four contestants for the finale show on Monday April 26 – which will actually be a public holiday in most states, so it should rate really well.
In 2009, Masterchef started on the Monday of the Biggest Loser finale. In 2010, that would mean Masterchef 2 would start Monday April 26, 2010 – and fill in the weekday timeslots vacated by Biggest Loser. This would effectively see Masterchef on weekdays at 7.30pm UNLESS Ten decides to rest the 7PM Project during Masterchef’s run – which means it would air at 7pm. Masterchef 2 will start out with 50 contestants who will be reduced to the top 24 for the main competition.
On Sunday nights, Masterchef could work at either 6.30 or 7.30. With Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation currently locked into the 7.30 timeslot – and not doing too badly there – it would appear likely that Masterchef’s Sunday night hour would again fill the spot left by Biggest Loser at 6.30pm. Although – if Ten wanted to swap the two shows’ timeslots around, that would be the perfect opportunity.
The new season of Glee – which will include the episode based on Madonna songs premieres in the US April 13. Glee could possibly return to Thursday nights or even Wednesday nights once So You Think You Can Dance is over. If it is Thursday, then we could see Glee on April 22, otherwise, a Wednesday timeslot would place the show with an April 28 return. Whether Glee airs at 7.30 or 8.00 ultimately depends on what happens with the 7PM Project when Masterchef returns.
Another show yet to air on Ten, which rated well in 2009, is the second season of Merlin. Last year, Merlin worked well on Sunday night at 6.30 – which leads to another variation of speculative Ten programming once Masterchef returns. This variation would see Merlin at 6.30 Sundays, like it was last year, Masterchef at 7.30 Sundays, also like it was in 2009, and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation moved to another night.
It won’t be until around about April 9 when we will know what Ten programming will be for the week starting April 25 which should include the final to the Biggest Loser and the return of Masterchef.