TV’s “longest kiss” on Bachelor scores for TEN


Described as the “world’s longest on-screen kiss” between Sam & Nina at 4 minutes 10 seconds atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Bachelor managed to draw its best-ever non finale ratings. Reportedly it did not involve host Osher Gunsberg too…

The show drew 922,000 viewers pushing The Hotplate back to second place on 764,000.

But it was Seven that won the night -with no reality TV in sight.

Seven network won with 26.9% then Nine 26.6%, TEN  20.6%, ABC 18.2% and SBS 7.7%.

Seven News was 1.04m / 992,000 for Seven then Home and Away (782,000), Border Security (747,000), The Force (710,000), Criminal Minds (649,000 / 454,000), and Million Dollar Minute (483,000).

Nine News (1.13m / 1.13m) led for Nine followed by A Current Affair (1.00m), The Hotplate (764,000), Hot Seat (600,000), World’s Most Expensive Food (480,000). The Mysteries of Laura was (233,000).

The Bachelor (922,000) won its timeslot for TEN. The Project was 645,000 / 452,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 577,000, Madam Secretary was 487,000 and Elementary was 222,000.

ABC News (810,000), 7:30 (664,000), The Weekly (632,000), Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (583,000), How Not to Behave (509,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (425,000) comprised ABC.

On SBS it was Birth of Empire: The East India Company (371,000), 24 Hours in Police Custody (266,000), Bosch (174,000) and SBS World News (140,000).

The Big Bang Theory on GO! topped multichannels at 346,000.

Today: 318,000
Sunrise: 312,000
ABC News Breakfast: 82,000 / 41,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 12 August 2015


  1. Couldn’t agree more Wadd… Border Security is as Reality TV as they come… constructed… scripted…
    David in this case Observational is just a term for Reality TV where the characters change each week?

    • I’ve seen US articles which argue that a show like Deadliest Catch for instance is Reality, so while it’s not one I subscribe to you are not alone. To me those “fly on the wall” shows have their derivation in Documentary and I would refer to them as Observational or Factual genre. I see Reality as going back to MTV’s The Real World where a series is cast and constructed around its characters, usually with ordinary people in extraordinary situations (but not exclusively). It has largely split into Reality: Competition (Survivor) vs Reality: Observational (Kardashians) as sub-genres. I still don’t see Border, The Force, Bondi Rescue as Reality but even Logies have had trouble with the category (I suspect largely because they don’t have time to accommodate both).

  2. It shows you how much viewers like The Hotplate – that about 200K of them will happily switch to other shows (Cats, The Bachelor, Seven factuals )

  3. “But it was Seven that won the night -with no reality TV in sight.” errr then what is Border Security? Terrible show turning real life human trauma into entertainment.

  4. Im unsure why people are so up in arms about a pash on TV…. It isnt like they were rooting on top of the bridge…. Sometimes Australia can be so prudish….

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