While the official TV ratings year doesn't start until February 10, the commercial networks pulled out all the stops on Monday.
Amateur cooks served up a ratings winner when Seven's season four premiere of My Kitchen Rules easily beat Ten's MasterChef: The Professionals, which had started a week earlier in an attempt to gain viewers first.
My Kitchen Rules attracted an average national audience of 1.384 million viewers to be the third most-watched show for the evening, behind Nine and Seven's news telecasts.
MasterChef: The Professionals had almost half a million fewer viewers with the Ten show coming in 10th with an average 892,000 viewers. In *Perth *, just 77,000 tuned into MasterChef against My Kitchen Rules' 151,000.
My Kitchen Rules also trended heavily on Twitter, with viewers seemingly shocked by judge *Pete Evans *' dramatic weight loss.
The other big talking point on TV on Monday was Nine Perth's debut of its new news team led by presenter *Tim McMillan *and weather girl *Sally Ayhan *.
Nine used the big lead-in of the cricket, which delayed the start of the telecast and didn't put it head-to-head with Perth's number one news, which airs on Seven.
Nine had an average 124,000 tune in to its new look news, which was up from its 6pm average last week of 101,039.
However Seven News was still the night's most watched program in Perth with 229,000 tuning in.
Last night was the first time Nine's new news team would have faced off against Seven News in their regular 6pm timeslots.
Amateurcooks served up a ratings winner when Seven's season four premiere of My Kitchen Rules easily beat Ten's MasterChef.
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