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Viewer boredom -- the fate that befell Seven’s reality programs in 2019 -- hit House Rules last night, its second ep of the current series.

After a weak national start on Monday with 1.01 million for the entire program, last night saw the national audience dip under a million to average 935,000, where it will now stay for the rest of the series with perhaps a pick up at the end.

It is what happened to My Kitchen Rules, although the slump was more noticeable. Seven won the night in total people and the main channels from Nine, the ABC and Ten because there was nothing really interesting on after 8pm. When a 5.30pm program like The Chase Australia makes it to number five on the national most watched list, you know it was a crap night of TV (and Nine’s Hot Seat at 5.30pm squeezed into number ten!)