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Masterchef Australia (Image: Ten)

Seriously now, how long does it take to boil an egg?

Judging by the length of Masterchef Australia last night on Ten, it takes two hours and 30 minutes, give or take. Of course I am not being literal but 150 minutes of the same program in prime time? Why didn’t someone knock up a stew in the same time?

It was two programs: the cooking competition bit and the masterclass bit (which is always more interesting). The competition bit averaged 1.27 million nationally, the masterclass (AKA the stayers) averaged 708,000 -- that’s an average for the 150 minutes of 987,000, which won Ten the night in all the key demos.