MasterChef return cooks up 4.75 million viewers for BBC1

John Torode and Gregg Wallace bring home the bacon with good ratings for the Beeb

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MasterChef returned to BBC1 last night with an average audience of 4.75 million viewers, a 19.7 per cent share of all those watching television between 9pm and 10pm. 

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The cookery show, presented by John Torode and Gregg Wallace, easily outrated The Biggest Loser on ITV1, which could only manage 2.16 million viewers (a 9 per cent share) in the same time slot.  A further 190,000 people tuned in an hour later to see the pounds drop off on ITV1+1.

Elsewhere in the 9pm hour, BBC2 attracted 2.53m (10.4 per cent share) for Stargazing Live: Back to Earth and Horizon at 9:30pm informed 1.62 million, a 7.2 per cent share of viewers.  

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On Channel 4, 15 Kids and Counting drew 2.89 million viewers (12 per cent) from 9pm and Body of Proof delivered 1.44 million (6 per cent audience share) to Channel 5.