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'MasterChef: The Professionals' final beats 'Young Apprentice'

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MasterChef: The Professionals ended with an impressive audience on Thursday night (December 13), early viewing figures show.

The BBC Two cookery spinoff averaged 3.78m (15.6%) and peaked with over 4.5m as two winners were announced for the first time in the franchise's history.

Masterchef: The Professionals 2012: Keri Moss

© BBC / Shine TV/Emilie Sandy

Masterchef: The Professionals 2012: Anton Piotrowski

© BBC / Shine TV/Emilie Sandy



With The Professionals now in its fourth run, having started in 2008, yesterday's finale achieved a new all-time high, beating the previous 3.6m record set only on Tuesday.

BBC Two's MasterChef earned a surprise victory over BBC One's Young Apprentice, which retained a steady if unspectacular 3.18m (13.1%) in the 8pm slot for series three's penultimate episode.

Young Apprentice 2012 line up

© BBC



Airing in a quieter 9pm hour, Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis (3.68m/17%) led the way for BBC One, Pensioners Behind Bars interested 3.44m (15.9%) on ITV1 (+1: 288,000), Jamie and Jimmy's Food Fight Club logged 1.36m (6.3%) for Channel 4 (+1: 146k), The Hour hooked 1.17m (5.4%) for BBC Two, and 1m (4.6%) watched Channel 5's Cowboy Builders.

Overall, ITV won primetime with 20.1% (+1: 0.9%), beating BBC One's 19.3%, BBC Two's 8.3%, Channel 4's 4.7% (+1: 0.9%), and Channel 5's 3.6% (+1: 0.2%).

The Big Bang Theory extended its domination over Celebrity Juice in the multichannel world, soaring to 1.41m (5.6%) at 8pm on E4 (+1: 435k) while A Celebrity Juicemas Carol attracted 1.12m (6.7%) at 10pm on ITV2 (+1: 148k).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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