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Ratings Wars: House Rules vs The Block

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House Rules’ Chester Drife

The end of dominant reality show The Voice has begun to take effect on other channel 9 shows with viewers quickly moving onto other networks and other rival shows.

For the first time since launch, Channel 7’s House Rules beat out channel 9’s The Block with 1.159 million viewers tuning into 7’s house renovating show, beating out The Blocks 1.130 million.

The slow start for House Rules is now a distant memory for the 7 network with the show now constantly rating extremely well.  Some viewers have stated the overt-drama and outright nastiness between competing couples is what have turned them off this season of The Block.

Also suffering for Channel 9 is Celebrity Apprentice.  Last night’s challenge episode didn’t even make the top 20 in ratings while the boardroom showdown only managed just shy of 600,000 viewers.

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No More Diving for Celebrities in Splash

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Celebrity Splash divers Nick Brack, Denise Drysdale and Tamsyn Manou

I was happy to call it right after the premiere episode and today, Channel 7 confirmed that reality diving show Celebrity Splash is being axed.

Unable to compete against the power house that is Channel 9’s The Voice, Splash, on Monday night, only managed a meager 821,000 viewers down from 1.31 million it received in its premiere episode.

The network has removed next Monday’s second semi-final from it’s schedule and will head straight into the show’s Grand Final, moving the showing to a quieter Thursday night time-slot.

QLD Showdown in MKR finale

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MKR contestants and finalists Dan and Steph Mulheron.

It will be a battle for the pride of QLD as two teams from the sunshine state will battle it out the kitchen for the My Kitchen Rules grand finale on Sunday night.

Favorites Dan and Steph Mulheron won their place in the final taking out Bondi boys and personal trainers Matt and Luke while siblings Jake and Elle Harrison had no troubles taking out father and son team of Mick and Matt Newell from Tasmania, beating them by 7 points in Wednesday nights cook-off.

While Dan and Steph may be viewer favorites, it’s brother and sister combo Jake and Elle who are firm favorites to win the finale, and if they do, it will make them the youngest contestants ever to win the show.

MKR has been riding a wave of praise and criticism for this season.  From like-able couples to bad editing to contestants who don’t eat half of the food chain to accidentally revealing results (Adelaide viewers were ‘accidentally’ shown an MKR advert that revealed Tasmanian father and son team Mick and Matt won Comeback Kitchen 40 minutes into the episode which was currently being aired)  and battled for viewers against rival talent show ‘The Voice’.

MKR’s grand final airs this Sunday Night on the Seven network.

No Talent Show for Mel B

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Blocked from Channel Nine: Melanie B

The court battle between networks Nine and Seven over popular personality and former Spice Girl Melanie Brown has concluded with a judge ordering an injunction preventing her from working for an Australian network other than Channel Seven.

After Channel Seven dumped ‘Australia’s Got Talent‘, Channel Nine quickly picked up the show and also sought out Brown, who had spent two seasons as a judge and mentor on their own talent show ‘X Factor’ leaving Seven with no choice but to take the rival network to court over claims that Browns move from Seven to Nine was a breach of contract.

Browns reasons for not returning to the ‘X Factor‘ were revealed to be in link with comedian Eddie Murphy, with whom Brown shares a child, claiming that custody issues with Murphy was preventing her from bringing their child into Australia and as Seven refused to bank-roll Brown’s court case to have the custody issues resolved, this led to Brown’s decision to leave the network.

With the courts decision effectively banning Mel B from appearing on any other network but Channel Seven to until the end of January 2014, we’ll have to wait and how Brown and the Seven Network plan to work together.

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