Bachelorette’s 1.03m sets up TEN finale


TEN’s Bachelorette is poised for a big finish tonight after being Wednesday’s top entertainment show at 1.03m viewers. It left Border Security with 881,000 and The Block with 801,000 viewers.

Amongst the other results last night, ABC’s Gruen did well with 904,000, while SBS coded two Fargo episodes as one, at an average of 229,000 across both.

But the real lesson from Wednesday was one of learning to keep your lead-in audience, as viewers show they are hitting their remote buttons.

TEN’s 1.03m dropped to 453,000 for Madam Secretary. ABC’s 904,000 dropped to 660,000 for The Ex-PM (down from 803,000 last week). Nine’s audience for Celebrity Apprentice (561,000) fell to just 158,000 for something called Extreme Phobias. Seven had some drops too, but they were less dramatic, which helped it to win the night.

Seven network won with 27.2% then Nine 25.8%, TEN 21.6%, ABC 18.6% and SBS 6.9%.

Seven News (1.01m /997,000) led for Seven then Border Security (881,000), Highway Patrol (860,000), Home and Away (798,000), The Chase (568,000 / 387,000) and The Blacklist (535,000). The Player was 258,000 and Heroes Reborn was 117,000.

Nine News (1.04m / 1.03m) topped Nine’s night followed by A Current Affair (935,000), The Block (801,000), Celebrity Apprentice (561,000) and Hot Seat (493,000). Extreme Phobias was just 158,000.

The Bachelorette (1.03m) did great business for TEN. The Project was 608,000 / 419,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 473,000, Madam Secretary was 453,000 and The Good Wife was 296,000.

Gruen (904,000) ruled for ABC. ABC News was 776,000 then 7:30 (677,000), The Ex-PM (660,000), How Not to Behave (506,000), Antiques Roadshow (294,000) and Sammy J and Randy in Rickett’s Lane (262,000).

Great Continental Railway Journeys was 299,000 on SBS. Fargo‘s two episodes averaged 229,000 across two episodes and SBS World News was 149,000.

GO!’s Big Bang repeats topped multichannels at 264,000

Sunrise: 331,000
Today: 290,000
ABC News Breakfast: 106,000 / 50,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 21 October 2015


  1. TasTVcameraman

    I watched all on Ten, Sam, Madam Sec, Good Wife, Hawaii top night and I PVR red Gruen and Fargo. Hope Ten only does two series of Bachelor and female version, one of each is perfect.

  2. I think this is a case of the sound of millions of PVRs spinning up into action in response to the Wed night programmers “madness” – between timeslot churn with reality overload and over-run, PVRs with triple tuners and timeshifting catch-up none of the networks could have hoped to retain their audience anyway.

  3. Well, the first two instalments of Fargo last night didn’t disappoint.
    Characters this time around not quite so quirky, ( miss Martin Freeman and Alison Tolman), but still intriguing.
    Lots of black humour and Incredibly violent of course but it wouldn’t be Fargo without it.
    Bokeem Woodbine is mesmerising as the disconcertingly affable, yet deeply menacing right hand man of a rival crime syndicate.

  4. Don’t think I mis-heard but AOK asked the female contestant on the chase the question “in which ocean is Ireland situated”, she replied “Atlantic”, then he said”Pacific” and moved on. So either I didn’t hear the question right, Ireland has moved or they need to bone up on their geography

  5. jezza the first original one

    The Demo that watches Bach are just not gonna watch an adult american political drama like MadSec. Pretty obvious to normal humans….but not to programmers I guess

    • Why not? It’s breaks up the evenings viewing. I watch the Bachelorette and then moved on to Madam Secretary and The Good Wife immediatley after and then Hawaii Five-O. 🙂

      • jezza the first original one

        @user…I don’t suggest anything as I am a normal human, the results speak for themselves….1.03m to just over 400k….a disaster in most business environments

    • They are dramas with strong female leads would be the reason. NCIS LA, Scorpion or CSI Cyber would be totally crazy things to follow The Bachelorette.

      The Ex-PM was the only scripted show that got 600k. I gave it a miss after last week, there was nothing in it but Micallef prattling on for 30 minutes.

      • I agree. Think madame sec is a decent follow-up. Have to consider people are already entrenched in other shows and perhaps have missed the boat, having not seen prior eps, so not keen to start now. I think Ten’s Wed/Thu is as strong as it could be considering their programming options.

  6. daveinprogress

    I’m one of the people that bailed during The Ex PM ep last night. I switched on for it; but changed half way through. I like Shaun but like with Josh Thomas; a little goes a long way, and most of the other characters are too far fetched to really engage in: the daughter, the chauffeur, the wife…..I preferred At Home with Julia! Ep 3 looks pretty good from the preview.

    • @Aussiecam58, why throw the show under a bus against Xfactor when you are on a good thing and winning timeslots & demos. The numbers Ten are getting are as high as 7 & 9 shows win slots with earlier in the week.

      But agree a Wednesday finale with After the Rose on the Thursday would make sense for next year.

    • I’m not sure but I don’t think advertisers would care which night you get 1million on so long as you get it. I think 10 has put both Bachelor and Spinster on the perfect nights. They would potentially be gone had they tried to go up against the other reality juggernauts on 9 and 7.

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