Junior Masterchef opens with 2.2m

Junior Masterchef stormed to an opening night debut of an average 2.2m capital city viewers, according to preliminary overnight TV ratings.

It also hit a peak of 2.61m for Ten, according to figures from OzTam.

The show anhilated Seven’s The X Factor, which rated 1.074m, 11th for the night.

It’s the biggest debut of a Masterchef series yet. The first series opened with an average fo 1.42m, while the second series premiered with 1.69m.

Junior Masterchef also fared significantly better than the opening numbers for the first spin-off Celebrity Masterchef which rated 1.4m in October last year.

Ten programming boss David Mott said: “We knew there was a big appetite for all things MasterChef. But last night’s brilliant result proves that Australians haven’t had their fill just yet.”

Nine’s 60 Minutes, also in the 7.30pm slot last night, held up fractionally better than The X Factor, averaging 1.15m, tenth for the night.

Seven was third channel for the night, while a solid debut for Hot Pursuit and Iron Man helped Nine to a narrow win over Ten.

Sunday’s top rating TV shows:

  1. Junior Masterchef Ten 2.202m
  2. Seven News Seven 1.656m
  3. Nine News Nine 1.606m
  4. Midsomer Murders ABC 1.433m
  5. RBT Nine 1.416m
  6. Modern Family – Episode 2 Ten 1.364m
  7. Hot Pursuit Nine 1.275m
  8. Sunday Night Seven 1.213m
  9. Offspring Ten 1.160m
  10. 60 Minutes Nine 1.150m
  11. The X Factor Seven 1.074m
  12. Modern Family – Episode 1 Ten 0.973m
  13. Life ABC 0.898m
  14. ABC News ABC 0.892m
  15. Movie: Iron Man Nine 0.881m

Sunday’s channel share:

  • Nine: 23.4%
  • Ten: 22.9%
  • Seven: 21.5%
  • ABC1: 16.6%
  • GO!: 4.2%
  • SBS1: 3.7%
  • One: 3.3%
  • 7TWO: 2.2%
  • ABC2: 0.8%
  • SBS2: 0.8%
  • ABC3: 0.4%
  • ABC News 24: 0.3%

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