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My Kitchen Rules debuts with 1.4m viewers – beats MasterChef by half a million

The first head-to-head battle between Seven’s My Kitchen Rules and Ten’s Masterchef: The Professionals saw a convincing win for MKR last night.

The debut episode of MKR won its time slot and was third overall for the night across the five city metro markets, according to preliminary ratings from OzTAM.

The show ran from 7.30-9pm and averaged 1.384m viewers.

It was the first match-up between the high rating cooking show of last year and MasterChef: Professionals, which aired from 7.30-8.30pm. The Masterchef spinoff rated 892,000 for Ten – well down on its 1m+ audiences of last week.

The debut forMKR was down on 2012’s, which rated 1.48m, but up on 2011 which rated 1.2m.

Nine’s coverage of the Twenty/20 Australia vs Sri Lanka match rated 1.373m.

The overall winner on the night was Nine News, rating 1.57m ahead of rival Seven News on 1.534m.

On Sunday night, 2.18m viewers tuned in to the Men’s Final Presentation of the 2013 Australian Open, making it the top program, followed by the actual match which rated 2.078m viewers.

The official ratings season for 2013 is yet to begin.

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