Kevin Rudd's apron-donning appearance on Kitchen Cabinet was not as popular as Tony Abbott's, suggesting the prime minister's election hopes may be cooked.

Rudd renamed his pavlova "Kevlova" on the ABC's light-hearted political cooking show on Thursday. It drew 892,000 viewers to be the eighth most watched show for the night.

However, it attracted 29,000 fewer viewers than Wednesday night's episode of Kitchen Cabinet featuring the opposition leader. That drew 921,000 viewers and was the seventh overall on the OzTAM ratings for the evening.

Despite the ratings comparisons of the two political leaders, the Annabel Crabb-hosted cooking specials were winners for the ABC.

They both rated in the top 10 and squeezed regular top 10 shows further down the poll.

For instance, the Nine Network's Big Brother, which was 10th last week, had to settle for 11th with 786,000 watchers.

However, the night was dominated by news and current affairs programs.

Nine News (1.124 million) won the ratings, followed by Seven News (1.192 million), Today Tonight (994,000) and A Current Affair (951,000).