MKR isn't a stripped reality show.
Part of the problem is that so much has been edited out that it's hard to follow. I appreciate that they've chosen an episode length and are sticking to it, but... they clearly picked the wrong length. Even the editors had trouble last night - the teams evwho were "behind" Kym & Donna when they quit kept being captioned as though Kym & Donna were still in front of them. And unless I'm very much mistaken, I think they might have even accidentally omitted the cops arriving at the Pit Stop
I'd put the blame on 7's awful marketing push for the season as well. The first season was marketed well and advertised thoroughly. It drew in viewers because it focused on the "amazing" part of the race. This season they focused on "hey look at the stupid people we got" which, after more than 10 years of reality TV doesn't interest people anymore, and they didn't advertise it as much.
Not even so much that they showed the teams - they did that last season too, with Sam & Renae, the farmers, the muslims, FBA, and the Big W ladies. The problem this season is they picked the wrong
teams to advertise. Out of the five teams they advertised the only one I would have picked in their position was Sue & Teresa. The sisters should have gotten an ad. Joseph and Grace should have gotten an ad. As much as they would have made it all about the INSPURASHON!!!11!1!111!!!!1!one!!1!, Sticky and Sam should have gotten an ad. And after the main criticism last year was "the cast is too white", the cousins definitely should have gotten an ad, poor finish be damned.
And yes. We need more notice for an airdate. Especially since it's not a regular timeslot.