Bachelor tantrums top demos, Nine wins Thursday.

2014-08-22_0949It was a quiet Thursday, with just one title over the magic million.

Social media was agog by antics on The Bachelor after one contestant declined a rose from Blake Garvey and six new females entered the bachelor pad. Tantrums ensued and Twitter loved it. While the show increased by 42,000 it managed to top the demos.

But the night belonged to Nine, which had a staggered schedule due to NRL.

Nine network won the night with 29.5% then Seven 27.35, TEN 18.9%, ABC 18.2% and SBS 6.1%.

Nine News was 1.08m / 990,000. Next for Nine was A Current Affair (816,000), The Footy Show (659,000), The Block (585,000 in 3 cities), Hot Seat (575,000) and Thursday Night NRL (423,000 in 2 cities).

Seven News was 997,000 / 915,000 for Seven then Home and Away (881,000), Border Security: International (556,000), Million Dollar Minute (544,000) and movie: Snow White and the Huntsmen (396,000).

The Bachelor was 681,000 for TEN. The Project was 656,000 / 482,000. TEN Eyewitness News was 596,000, and Law & Order: SVU was 356,000 / 285,000.

ABC News and Catalyst both tied on 721,000 for ABC. 7:30 was 640,000, Silk was 600,000, QI was 401,000 and The Dreamhouse was 281,000.

Heston’s Great British Food (315,000) topped SBS ONE followed by Shane Delia’s Spice Journey Turkey (270,000), Destination Flavour Down Under (251,000), Masters of Sex (138,000) and SBS World News (137,000).

Don’t argue with Peppa Pig, topping multichannels at 285,000 for ABC2.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 21 August 2014


  1. I don’t watch a lot of reality TV and I’m the first to admit the Bachelor can be quite trashy, but I still enjoy it. They have a good selection of “characters” this season and the fact that they are all quite hot doesn’t hurt either. It’s leave your brain at the door TV, but when you’ve had a hard day, sometimes this is just what you want to see. Amber plays her role as the drama queen very well… perhaps too well. I’d love to see Gretel Killeen make a guest appearance and say those famous words, “It’s time to go……. Amber”

  2. barrington bumbaclaart

    Glad to see Catalyst with such strong numbers two weeks in a row.

    We’ve been really enjoying The Dreamhouse, it’s a lovely, well made show that entertains and has purpose – more of this please aussie tv.

  3. A demographic is any subsection of a population.

    Oztam releases the top 5 for 16-34s, 18-49s and 25-54s as publicity for the networks be those are advertising target markets that commercial networks compete for. But seeing as how that is a small number of shows and the categories overlap doesn’t give away that much.

    The ratings can be broken down by any age range (figures occasionally pop up for 55 and >60), gender, income, grocery buyers etc.

  4. In Perth, Seven screened a doco on Lloyd Rayney, who was aquitted of murdering his wife in 2012. Really pleased that there was something decent to watch on a Thursday night. I’m sure it would have topped the ratings in Perth given the public interest.

  5. I loved The Bachelor last night. My partner (who was trying to get out the door to go for a walk) was also hooked (for a bit anyway). It’s utter rubbish but it had us glued!! The drama was reality TV at it’s best (Tom Ballard will no doubt make comments next week in his show).

    Just a question David how does a show top the demos but still doesn’t rate overly high. This baffles me often & am going to finally ask! Can you explain or suggest where I could read up about this?

    Good on 10 to get a bit of notice again – even if it is on Twitter.

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