MKR grand final attracts a healthy 1.5m viewers, but season average down

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 7 May 2018
MKR Final winners for 2018, Alex and Emily.

More than 1.5 million metropolitan viewers watched 'cocktail couple' Alex and Emily defeat Vietnamese mums Kim and Suong in the MKR final overnight, taking home $250,000 in prize money and securing a ratings victory for Seven.

As with previous years, the show was split into two separate programs, first the 'grand final' and then the 'winner announced' episode.

The My Kitchen Rules (MKR) grand final winners announced show attracted 1.54 million viewers, which was a slight increase compared to last year's reveal of 1.48 million.

The grand final brought in 1.36 million viewers, which was down 30,000 viewers compared to last year's final.

Despite the ratings win, Seven's tent pole show had a decline in viewers across the season with the 2018 metro average of 1.102 million viewers down 7% compared to the 2017 season (1.184 million).

In fact, the 2018 season average was its lowest to date, although some of this drop off is due to the strong performance of Married At First Sight in the earlier weeks.

Going up against the MKR Grand Final, The Voice began it first knockout round overnight, drawing in an audience of just over one million viewers.

The Voice's first knock out round for the season (1.019 million) was down 4% compared to knockout round one in 2017 (1.062 million).

The show's viewership has been averaging an audience of 964,000 to date, down 14% compared with the same point last year (1.123 million).

Ten was again missing from the top 10 shows, as it awaits the return of its tent-pole show MasterChef, premiering tonight in the 7.30pm slot.

Ten and Multi Channel Network secured a record number of partners for MasterChef Australia’s tenth season, which this year features celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay for the first time.

The show’s commercial backers include returning principal partner Coles and partners Harvey Norman, Cadbury, Holden, Cobram Estate, Diageo, a2 Milk, Jacob’s Creek and Bulla.

Other partners for 2018 include Ardmona, Canstar, SATC and Swisse Wellness.

Below is a table of the top 20 TV shows, provided by audience measuring company OzTam.

Ratings May 6 2018

Below is a breakdown of last week's TV ratings performances, supplied by Nine, covering all the key demos in the commercial share. 

 

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