Thanks to one reader with an excellent recall, here’s what Prime Minister Julia Gillard said when a Leaders’ Debate with Tony Abbott was proposed to run against the MasterChef finale back in 2010.
“I can understand the fascination with cooking and eating, so I know many Australians will watch that show, but I think Australians still pay some regard to the debate and to the election campaign and what’s said in it,” she said.
In the end the Debate had to settle for a 6:30pm start because MasterChef was locked down for 7:30.
MasterChef blitzed the night at 3.96m viewers, while the debate on Seven pulled 1.24m.
A lot has changed in TV since then.
Updated: Last night the Leaders’ Debate drew 678,000 on ABC / ABC News and MasterChef was 664,000.
Footnote: In 2013 a debate on ABC between Rudd and Abbott did win the battle at 708,000 to MasterChef‘s 699,000.