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MasterChef: The Professionals delivers strong first night

The Ten network’s gamble on MasterChef: The Professionals paid off last night with the show being the most watched non-news program of the night.

Rain in Sydney dented Nine’s one day cricket game between Australia and Sri Lanka, giving the cooking program more than enough air to breath in its debut and setting it up for a healthy series run. The show features chef Marco Pierre White and regular Masterchef judge Matt Preston.

According to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTAM, 1.165m viewers in the five capital cities tuned in, bumping the Australian Open tennis into second place after the tournament dominated nightly viewing last week.

The ABC’s Upstairs Downstairs (761,000) was the only other entertainment program to make the top five capital city to make the top 10 shows of the night.

Meanwhile, Nine News Sunday was the most watched program of the night with 1.5m viewers, followed by Seven News with 1.243m.

The official TV ratings period for 2013 is yet to begin.

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