MKR tops 2.1m viewers

By David Knox on February 5, 2014 / Filed Under News 32

2014-02-05_1015My Kitchen Rules last night hit another season high at 2.11m viewers as the most talked-about couple so far, Chloe and Kelly, were finally hosting a dinner event. In terms of scoring, they barely made it out of the kitchen alive.

The numbers reflect the show’s knack for casting, storytelling and promoting. Social media had plenty to say on the pair. But as the show moves to its second group of contestants tonight, don’t be surprised if Queensland starts to hog the conversation that was all going WA’s way until now.

It was double the numbers for The Block (1.03m viewers) while TEN’s Big Bash League scored 774,000 / 710,000 across two sessions, a good result for TEN.

TEN’s Big Bash continues tonight as the penultimate event before its final on Friday night, as a segue to its Winter Olympics season. But its upcoming Reality series So You Think You Can Dance Australia will have to face-off against a Sunday night edition of MKR and the first room reveal on The Block -neither of which will be a pushover.

Sunday is also the first official day of 2014 ratings. It’s gonna be a slap-down.

32 Comments »

  1. fazd February 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm -

    Please tell me why MKR contestants do not do basic research on cookery terms (let alone techniques). Their first task is to buy groceries for an instant restaurant but few can pronounce even these simple words. There are no such words as “grosheries”, “reshront” or reshtront”??!! Keep it shimple shtoopids.

  2. Jennome February 6, 2014 at 11:10 am -

    I dipped in an out last night, but it would appear that once again the new WA couple have been elected to be the troublesome ones.

    I sort of watch MKR, but it would be much better if it wasn’t so long. It just goes on and on, with all the silly fatuous remarks by the particular ‘cooks’ for the evening telling us the bleeding obvious. The printed programs had it actually going for an hour last night, but oh no, it went for its usual hour and a half. I get totally bored with it, not to mention the never-ending commercial breaks.

    TV at the moment is just the pits.

  3. Craigy1976 February 6, 2014 at 7:40 am -

    Of course hey didn’t get eliminated, they are the evil ones 7 will milk them before trashing them on the scrapheap.
    If you don’t like it then don’t watch, it seems 2 million plus people do.

  4. AUSteve February 5, 2014 at 11:51 pm -

    @Kushaa if this comment thing had like buttons I’d hit it one hundred times for your comment! TV is entertainment and like it or not MKR is entertaining (well, 2 million people think so anyway) so all the snooty snobs should stick to SBS/ABC or buy Discovery Channel and/or Nat Geo if they want “quality” programming… People love drama, and as long as it’s not them involved in it, even better! Seven must be so friggin happy about the amount of attention this show is getting them!!

  5. Jock February 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm -

    @gabbo – must be why Today Tonight was rating so strongly last week! Though somehow I don’t see Seven canning MKR…

  6. Redhead February 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm -

    Seven is romping it in because the Block is sooooo boring.

  7. ryan February 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm -

    I don’t like Mrk but it would be a better show if it wasn’t so badly scripted. The show is more about negative baseless comments and bitchiness. Unfortunately Aussies love negative tv.

  8. J Bar February 5, 2014 at 6:47 pm -

    The only reality show I watch.

  9. aesthetic. February 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm -

    @Steviem, if only you realised how many people from eastern states move to WA every year!

  10. VVV February 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm -

    @Gabbo: Yes. That’s because there is zero connection between popularity and quality. TV ratings are all appealing to the masses, which usually involves dumbing down a TV show, in order to the lowest common denominator.

  11. Kushaa February 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm -

    It is amazing hearing all these negative comments about MKR. Why are people still shocked? This is their 5th season and people are still saying they can’t believe this trash is still on. Every year, I hear people saying they can’t believe this show is so contrived, fake, rigged,etc. It’d be interesting to see if they are from the same people every year. Well…$$$ talks..and don’t blame the network for showing it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And there are lots of hardworking Aussies who just want to relax at home and indulge in a bit of guilty pleasure after a day’s work (ie mindless shows like MKR or Block). We seem to have some really snooty people here – just because something is not on the so called high-brow networks like SBS/ABC doesn’t mean it is bad. It is a democratic country and people should respect other people’s choices.

  12. gabbo February 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm -

    Has anyone ever noticed how there is rarely any correlation between programme quality and ratings?
    Hmmm.

  13. JoeBloggs February 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm -

    I have no idea how people enjoy this trash. And so many.

    Each to their own I guess.

  14. Shiraz February 5, 2014 at 3:03 pm -

    I don’t watch MKR, but flicked over last night to see what all the fuss is about. I have to say, to me it’s a sad reflection on Australia that this is so popular and so many take it so seriously. It’s seems to be a very hateful show and there is so much editing, you don’t know what’s real and what’s not. It was obvious the girls weren’t going home and it would be a close vote to build up the drama. The viewers obviously want people to hate, so they had to stay in as it’s so early in the competition for them to go.

  15. catherine February 5, 2014 at 2:39 pm -

    Its funny hearing the WA girls interviewed on radio this morning and the presenters basically attacked them.

    But its funny the ones that talked themselves up are the ones that fail except the twins who backed it up beautifully. I wouldnt have thought using puff pastry would be cheating. If they bought a pie crust then fair enough. But contestants use bought stock but I guess because Manu has a deal with Campbells its ok.

    Once we get past the instant restaurants and into the challenges I think the girls will be ok.

    Lets face it they are much better cooks than emelia and andrew. Thats the only thing I will defend them on.

    But 7 would be loving the ratings.

  16. joey69 February 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm -

    This results prove a sad reflection on Australian viewing habits! And another question where did all these new viewers come from ? It seems a lot of people just don’t watch Tv in summer? (Not)

  17. greyghost February 5, 2014 at 1:56 pm -

    Getting sick of the “staged” shots on MKR, the edited shots of angry, sad, happy, faces inserted in when ever they want to build drama is really starting to annoy me. I agree with Ricoz.

  18. alvar February 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm -

    I watched last night for the first time, but it just felt too padded out and the dialogue and reactions unnatural.

  19. steviem February 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm -

    I vote we let WA free…..will take NZ and let WA become its own country….mining boom is ending we dont need there money anymore…..they just produce to many ________

  20. cynical old codger February 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm -

    @LCDtv

    I think it was Naughty Nanna in the kitchen, but much like the MKR judging and points given, I am having two bob each way, and not saying if Naughty Nanna was the perpetrator or the victim, as it could be only a knife edge between either.

  21. DanR February 5, 2014 at 12:01 pm -

    I watched to see what all the fuss is about. What contrived, overly scripted, cheaply made, nasty trash. Don’t the viewers realise how they’re being manipulated?

    Come and get me MKR cult!

  22. The Moops February 5, 2014 at 11:55 am -

    LOL! Great episode of MKR last night, it was hilarious watching those two WA pretenders make out that they could cook. Of course they were going to stay in preference to that weird couple from the ACT. The girls are much better TV than they are. The meltdown on the MKR Facebook page last night is testament to Seven’s superior casting genius. I’ve never seen so much commentary, the ratings are going to go through the ceiling from now on. I don’t know why everyone loves the Victorian twins. I think they are abominable and just as bad as the WA pair.

  23. mason February 5, 2014 at 11:50 am -

    @buggirob, I think there’s a reason the judges give their score after the contestants. I reckon it’s so the producers can tell them who to keep in. There’s no way they would eliminate those 2 girls yet and with those ratings it appears they are right.

  24. LCDtv February 5, 2014 at 11:31 am -

    Congratulations.. Seven has successfully merged cooking, reality and soap opera all into one program.. with the emphasis completely on soap opera.. to create ‘Cooking at Home.. and Away’.
    If you think it’s about cooking and winning challenges, you’re sadly mistaken. Let’s keep the villains who cheated so we can keep the ‘story’ going.

    I can’t wait until they add a murder mystery element, where one of couples is horrifically slaughtered in the kitchen during an ad break, and all of the other contestants are suspects.

    “Who Killed Chloe and Kelly?”

    Pete and Manu must do an autopsy after they have all half-eaten the (delicious) corpses.

    Then ‘Bones’, ‘Castle’ and the team from ‘Criminal Minds’ all make guest appearances competing to try and solve the double murder.. but the body count continues.. until there’s just one couple left alive. Then we reveal…

  25. David Knox February 5, 2014 at 11:29 am -

    Yes shortly, been a bit behind, apologies.

  26. ricoz February 5, 2014 at 11:28 am -

    This season is the most edited yet! The constant random camera shots of the contestants looking evil or with a smirk on their face when they serve the food or a comment is made.

  27. cynical old codger February 5, 2014 at 11:28 am -

    Seeing that there now appears to be no cooking rules what so ever, what next even more product placement, perhaps Flavorstone and/or Stonedine etc, with an inset of Glen doing an advertorial via scrolling tickers, and to maintain the MKR healthy eating ethos, toss in a Nutribullet or a soup maker as well.
    Why stop there, why not let contestants order in a couple of courses of home delivered takeaways, that way the cooks could join in with the bitchy banter around the table in their own instant restaurant, with points given on how good/quick their fingers did the walking or for their selection and ease of use their phone app’s had performed.
    In fact anything but a disqualification, or is this the twist in the plot many suspected, where because of the outcry, the Canberrans return.?

  28. surteesd February 5, 2014 at 11:22 am -

    MKR rules
    Be interesting to see the time shifted data for The Block
    David sorry to ask. When will you have the time shifted data published for last week ?

  29. mason February 5, 2014 at 11:13 am -

    It’s no wonder it got 2.1 million with Ja’mie cooking. That was funny.

  30. buggirob February 5, 2014 at 10:59 am -

    Mkr is rigged how one judge gives desert 2
    the other 4. The desert was horrible.
    They want the WA Team in

  31. Loz February 5, 2014 at 10:54 am -

    Would like to congratulate channel 7 for sending out the message that its okay to cheat in a cooking competition – well done.

    The girls should have gone home.

  32. Bass_A February 5, 2014 at 10:24 am -

    Just brilliantly played by 7, last nights mkr was a masterclass in how to make great television – never seen my social media get so taken over by any show like last nights mkr.

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