It’s all fun and games in programming land as Nine and Channel 10 make fast moves to their schedules in a desperate attempt to gain advantage over the competition.
Stick with me folks because this is getting complicated.
In an effort to get Lego Masters Australia to air a week earlier than previously expected, Nine surprised the market by announcing a Monday, April 19 premiere date for the popular family series.
This move sparked an immediate response from the 10 Network, which previously had promoted a Tuesday, April 20 premiere date for its flagship cooking program Masterchef Australia. 10 had been delaying the series believing they were avoiding a battle with the finale of Married at First Sight.
Masterchef Australia is now set to premiere on Monday, April 19 in a move that will see it go head-to-head with the launch of Lego Masters on Nine and episode 5 of Dancing with the Stars on Seven
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All these changes will see the two-part reunion finale of Married at First Sight air earlier than previously expected. Episode one will now screen this week on Wednesday, April 14. The conclusion of the reality juggernaut will now air this Sunday, April 18 at 7pm.
But wait, there are more changes…
The movement of #MAFS means Nine has now cancelled plans to return popular adventure program Travel Guides this week. The series, which has already been sitting on the shelf since it was filmed in 2019 has been pushed back, with Nine advising it will now premiere 7:30pm Wed 28 April.
Meanwhile at Seven the network appears happy to stick with its current programming strategy of airing DWTS until Big Brother premieres on Monday, April 26