A winning moment for Dan and Steph Mulheron on My Kitchen Rules. Photo: Supplied
The Seven Network's ratings juggernaut My Kitchen Rules brought home the bacon last night with 2.95 million people tuning in to see the winner crowned.
The grand final episode that preceded the winner's announcement drew 2.15 million viewers.
Dan and Steph plan to have a gourmet sausage shop and then another crack at a family.
It was a bumpy run to the finish line, with MKR's numbers affected in the past month by the launch of Nine's The Voice.
MKR is this year's ratings success story. It has sustained audiences of 2 million or more for most of its run, though the launch of The Voice pushed its numbers down in the final stretch.
The consolation prize for Seven is that despite the bruising, the presence of MKR in the schedule has stopped The Voice, in its second outing, from matching the giddy ratings heights of its first.
And yet, proving its resilience even in the face of unbeatable competition, The Voice still drew 1.97 million viewers last night, against the might of a double hit from MKR.
With all those eyeballs watching TV, it is not surprising that last night was the biggest night of TV viewing this year. The total TV audience was the highest in-survey average audience for both free-to-air and total TV viewing between 6pm and midnight.
Seven also used the finale of My Kitchen Rules to launch its new local drama, A Place To Call Home.
On first night numbers, that strategy looks to have paid off with 1.76 million viewers sampling the show.
Inclusive of regional ratings data, the MKR winner's announcement was watched by a total national audience of 4.27 million viewers.
The grand final episode had a total national audience of 3.1 million. Regional viewer numbers also gave a lift to The Voice (2.71 million) and A Place To Call Home (2.61 million).
Ratings in the mainland capitals and regional areas are not usually added together because they measure separate advertising markets, though the total figure is a more accurate representation of the total TV audience.