MARRIED TO THE TOP SPOT
The battle is finally over between Married at First Sight and My Kitchen Rules, with the season finale of Nine’s hit reality show finishing on top.
Year on year, Seven’s MKR seemed untouchable, dominating the No.1 one spot in the 7.30pm slot. Now, for the first time, the wedding format has provided a very real challenge to the drama-fuelled cooking show. It’s a challenge even Nine insiders will admit once seemed impossible.
As more than 1.389 million Australian viewers tuned into the final episode of Married At First Sight — which saw only two of the 10 couples still together — MKR came in with the comparatively lukewarm figures of 1.21 million viewers of the instant restaurant of Melbourne footy friends Mark and Chris.
And it’s not the first time the wedding show has toppled MKR from the top spot.
For nearly 10 weeks the rival networks have been in a neckto-neck race, with MKR only just holding on to the coveted No. 1 position (attracting an average 1.815 million viewers per episode compared to Married at First Sight’s 1.663 million).
In the final weeks, the battle became even closer, with Married at First Sight triumphing 14 out of the 17 times the programs competed for the slot.