Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - / AMELIA SAW

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.

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