More than 3.7 million viewers Australia-wide (including in regional areas) watched South Australians Bree May and Jessica Liebich get crowned as the winners of Seven's cooking show My Kitchen Rules last night.
MKR 2014 sees Bree and Jessica triumph
South Australian mothers Bree and Jessica win the My Kitchen Rules grand final, beating controversial West Australian pair Chloe and Kelly in a five-course cook-off.
The "winner announced" segment pulled an audience of 2.596 million in the five capitals alone.
Impressive though these figures are, 500,000 fewer capital-city viewers tuned in compared to 2013's winner announced segment.
Loyal viewers of the competition had called for a boycott of last night's finale when runners-up and resident "villains" Chloe James and Kelly Ramsay nudged Queensland dads Paul Bullpitt and Blair Tonkin for a place in the finale.
By contrast, the finale of Nine's reality juggernaut The Block: Fans vs Faves, which went head-to-head with MKR in the weeknight 7.30pm slot, pulled a five-city audience of more than 2.1 million.
Predictably, the MKR finale gave Seven a staggering 36.6 per cent share of the free-TV audience on Tuesday night, more than double Nine's 17.1 per cent, ABC1's 12.3 per cent, Ten's 9.3 per cent and SBS One's 3.1 per cent.
Bree and Jessica defeated unpopular personalities Chloe and Kelly by two points, which appeared to please fans according to the majority of Facebook comments posted on the show's page.
The proud mums received nine from all of the six judges for a score of 54 while Chloe and Kelly received four nines plus a pair of eights for 52 points.
"Our families are going to be so proud," Bree said when the final scores were announced.
"Our whole world has opened up for us now and were so happy to start a new stage of our lives."
Chloe and Kelly have created friction with their competitive attitude and cutting comments during the series, but they showed on Tuesday that they could cook after gaining high praise during the tastings.
They hid their disappointment well when the scores were announced and also showed how confident they were as cooks when they congratulated the winning team.
"We were happy that we were against the best in the grand final and you proved that tonight," Chloe said.
By splitting the MKR finale into two, Seven claimed five of the top 10 shows last night.
Last night's ratings in five capital cities:
1. My Kitchen Rules - Winner Announced (Seven): 2,596,000
2. My Kitchen Rules - Grand Final: 2,302,000
3. Seven News: 1,231,000
4. Seven News/Today Tonight: 1,190,000
5. Nine News: 1,171,000
6. Home And Away (Seven): 1,099,000
7. Nine News (6.30pm): 1,048,000
8. ABC News: 951,000
9. A Current Affair (Nine): 907,000
10. The Big Bang Theory (Nine): 897,000
- with AAP