Seven’s MKR finale pulls in 1.543m for winner announcement

My Kitchen Rules’ final moments, which saw Queensland couple Alex and Emily announced as winners, pulled in 1.543m viewers across Australia.

Despite the widespread backlash from the audience after the judges chose winners they had criticised, the final moments put MKR ahead of last year’s winner announcement, which managed a metro audience of 1.482m metro viewers.

The winner announcement last night pulled in more than 1.4m metro viewers

The show premiered with 1.182m metro viewers in January, down from last year’s 1.309m.

Overall, MKR’s finale was remained fairly stagnant, with 1.368m tuning in to the final episode. Last year’s finale had a metro audience of 1.392m. The biggest audience came from the 25-54 demographic, with 603,000 tuning in to the finale and 693,000 in the final moments.

Nationally the show had 2.222m at the winner announcement, and 1.967m for the grand final episode.

However MKR was not able to deliver the same audiences as several weeks ago. Following the Commonwealth Games coverage, the return of MKR had a metro audience of 1.623m, as viewers awaited the removal of two contestants from the show.

Seven’s MKR was comfortably ahead of rivals in the same time slot, with Nine’s The Voice Knockouts achieving 1.019m metro viewers. Ten’s All Star Family Feud did not make the top 20.

The key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s – were led by Seven’s MKR and The Voice.

Outside of the free to air networks, the premiere of Picnic at Hanging Rock on Foxtel’s Showcase channel grabbed 47,000 viewers last night, just making the top 200 programs in OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings.

But among the subscription channels, the show placed ninth, sitting among live sports coverage, including the AFL, NRL and Supercars. Nationally, it pulled in 112,000.

Including Showcase’s +2 Channel, the show had 122,000 viewers.

At 6pm, Seven’s news bulletin beat Nine’s, with metro audience of 1.140m and 1.057m respectively. Later in the evening, Nine’s 60 Minutes had a larger audience than Sunday Night. 60 Minutes pulled in 707,000 while Sunday Night, which ran at 9:10pm, finished with 683,000.

Ten’s most watched program was The Project 7pm, with 343,000 metro viewers. NCIS, which ran later in the evening, managed 251,000 viewers.

With the help of MKR, Seven finished the evening with a 29.8% main channel share. Nine was behind Seven with a 22.2% share but Ten suffered under MKR’s hold, with a 6% share. ABC and SBS’ shares were 10% and 3.7%.

Ten’s Masterchef and Seven’s House Rules premiere tonight.


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