Bachelorette tops Thursday but is down on 2015 finale

Ratings: Bachelorette draws 972,000 viewers -and TEN announces a renewal for 2017.


The Bachelorette last night was the top drawcard on TV pulling 972,000 for the moment when Georgia Love chose Lee Elliott over Matty Johnson. The bulk of the final averaged 790,000 viewers with the biggest audience in Sydney.

The show also topped all 3 key demos, however it was well down on 2015 when 1.52m watched Sam Frost choose Sasha as her man.

TEN has already confirmed a new season for 2017.

TEN Chief Content Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “In just two years, The Bachelorette Australia has become a firm favourite among many viewers and a key part of TEN’s content line-up.

“The recipe of love, drama, excitement, romance and amazing dates has struck a chord with many people and made The Bachelorette Australia one of the most talked about shows on television and a hit across multiple screens.

“We are looking forward to working with our partner Warner Bros International Television Production Australia to take our new Bachelorette, a new group of eligible Bachelors and all of Australia on a new journey of adventure and love,” she said.

Elsewhere last night there were timeslot wins by Seven News and ABC News.

TEN’s primary channel finished in second place behind Seven. Seven network won Thursday with 28.4% then Nine 25.7%, TEN 23.5%, ABC 16.3% and SBS 6.1%.

Seven News (927,000 / 910,000) led for Seven then Home and Away (692,000), Highway Patrol (567,000) and The Chase (552,000 / 356,000). Movie: Fury was just 290,000.

Nine News (869,000 / 851,000) was best for Nine followed by The Big Bang Theory (738,000 / 702,000), A Current Affair (717,000), Better Late than Never (488,000) and Hot Seat (485,000). Movie: The Hangover was just 204,000.

The Bachelorette was #1 for TEN with 972,000 / 790,000. The Project drew 585,000 / 384,000, Law and Order: SVU was 444,000 / 303,000 and TEN Eyewitness News was 430,000.

ABC News (769,000), 7:30 (646,000), Silvia’s Italian Table (455,000), National Treasure (321,000) and Kevin McCloud’s Escape to the Wild (290,000) comprised ABC’s night.

On SBS it was Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia (206,000), Matthew Evans For the Love of Meat (196,000), My Restaurant in India (168,000), SBS World News (120,000) and Outlander (112,000).

7TWO’s Father Brown was in multichannel heaven with 255,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 27 October 2016

11 Responses

  1. I absolutely believe that fatigue was part of it. I also couldn’t stand the advertising for “The Bacehlorette” during “The Bachelor”. Georgia came across as vacuous and insipid. I only watched it because I was writing recaps about it. I ended up pleasantly surprised by Georgia; intelligent, funny and prepared to call a spade a spade. but served up too many men who were in it to boost their media profile, and that was was an insult to viewers who actually get caught up in the story. Plus, given the outrage over Richie/Alex, there should have been a cooling off period.

  2. The problems with the Bach formats is the final 3 or 4. The early episodes are fun and a bit silly as there are nearly always a few eccentrics in the cast to give us a good laugh. When it gets down to the final 3 or 4, we all know that The Bach/ette has made their mind up who they want and most of what we see is just BS. It was always Alex and always Lee

  3. National Treasure is brilliant!
    Wasn’t going to watch but was persuaded by David’s review and because it features Robbie Coltrane.
    Robbie is exceptional as always, as are Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough as their troubled daughter.

  4. I think if The Bachelor is Matty J and The Bachelorette is Nicki Coogan next year the ratings will be higher as people have got to know them through prior seasons.

    1. Here’s hoping! TEN, Do everything it takes to have Nikki and Alex next year. Definitely better for the viewers when we are already invested in them, and better for TEN with higher ratings.

  5. Genuinely surprised of a return in 2017 considering the below average ratings. Perhaps catch up and on demand lifted numbers to warrant a return. Although TEN doesn’t have alternative content to fill the slot – there’s only so much Family Feud they can air to fill time! Might be worth not running Bachelor and Bachelorette back to back – viewer fatigue in the format was clearly evident this year.

    1. For me, it was a little fatigue, but mostly I didn’t really like the Bachelorette – I found her a little dull. I wasn’t really invested, so I just stopped watching.

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