HOUSE Rules "villains" Brooke and Grant helped the renovation show beat ratings juggernaut The Voice Australia last night.
In the most controversial episode of the show so far, the Tasmanian homeowners strategically gave their competitors low scores despite being thrilled with the renovations to their cottage, including a much-needed extension to create more space for their seven children.
House Rules nabbed 1.65 million viewers in the five metro cities, narrowly topping the 1.58 million viewers who tuned in to The Voice's second battle round.
The couple scored Sydney's Candy and Ryan just five points out of 10 for their kitchen and kids' bedroom zone which earlier received the first nine of the series from Home Beautiful judge Wendy Moore, who described their work as "genius".
Team NSW was visibly upset with the "strategic" score from the last-placed Tasmanians, as were the other teams and many viewers, who took to social media to voice their opinions.
"Candy and I both put our heart and soul into that," said Ryan.
"It's really disappointing to see Tassie has gone this low. I'd rather come last with dignity than first and come off looking like a loser."
Queenslanders Maddi and Lloyd were also clearly angry with the unfair scoring, with Lloyd accusing Brooke and Grant of "trying to drag everyone else to the bottom with them".
But the "Tassie devils" were unapologetic about the low scores, despite Lisa breaking down into tears and walking off the set.
Perth couple Carole and Russell now sit at the top of the ladder as the teams head to Townsville to begin renovations on Maddi and Lloyd's coastal home.
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