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My Kitchen Rules remains a winner for Seven

MKR 2016 winners Tasia and GraciaOvernight ratings for the grand final of season 7 of My Kitchen Rules have slipped to their lowest since season 2, but the show remains firmly atop the ratings charts, with 1.969 million capital city viewers watching Victorian sisters Tasia and Gracia, who specialise in Indonesian street food,  take out the top prize on Tuesday night. Nationally 2.757 million overall watched the finale.

The five capital city audience figures were the lowest since season 2, but only just below last years audience of 2.082 million viewers.

Despite its fall My Kitchen Rules is still a ratings juggernaut and outside, sports rights, is the most valuable weapon in Seven’s ratings armory.  The show has underscored its staying power this season, winning most nights it aired over its 48 episodes, and averaging over 1.4 million capital city viewers, since its debut on Feb 1

The show led Seven to an overall win for the night with a 33.4% primary channel share and a mawsive 40.5% network  share

Calls for contestants for season 8 have already gone out, while host and judge Pete Evans confirmed several weeks ago that he has signed for another two years for the show.

Now that MKR has finished for the year, Seven is hoping for similar success with renovation competition House Rules, to buck the trend of sliding ratings for reno shows. House Rules debuts tonight. Nine and Ten meanwhile are pulling out their big guns with The Voice and Masterchef going head to head from this Sunday night.

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