The Bachelor return knocks off The Block

Ratings: The Weekly edges out Bite Club debut. Nine leads primary channels but Seven clinches network share.

TEN’s Bachelor series has managed to knock off The Block in its first night.

The dating show drew 940,000 and topped the demos ahead of The Block‘s 823,000. Anh Do’s Brush with Fame took third place on 654,000 and Seven’s Highway Patrol was fourth at up to 631,000.

The debut for “Honey Badger” Nick Cummins was also better than 2017’s Matty Johnson series which began with 899,000.

At 546,000 The Weekly edged ahead of Nine’s Bite Club drama debut of 509,000, with 9-1-1 in third position.

Filthy Rich & Homeless was down slightly in its second outing but still topped SBS at 345,000.

Elsewhere Seven News, ACA and The Chase won slots once again.

Nine led the primary channels but Seven network won Wednesday with 27.0%then Nine 26.1%, TEN 22.0%, ABC 16.7% and SBS 8.1%.

Seven News was #1 for Seven with 1.07m / 1.06m then Home and Away (712,000), Highway Patrol (631,000 / 601,000), The Chase (631,000 / 407,000), 9-1-1 (470,000) and Criminal Minds (321,000).

Nine News (962,000 / 916,000) led for Nine followed by The Block (823,000), A Current Affair (763,000), Bite Club (509,000), Hot Seat (489,000 / 299,000). Truth and Lies: Waco was 189,000.

The Bachelor won its slot for TEN with 940,000 then The Project (527,000 / 257,000), TEN Eyewitness News (400,000), Movie: Mean Girls (265,000) and Pointless (233,000).

ABC News (724,000), Anh’s Brush with Fame (654,000), 7:30 (549,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (546,000), You Can’t Ask That (366,000), Adam Hills: The Last Leg (266,000) and Think Tank (217,000).

On SBS it was Filthy Rich & Homeless (345,000), Great British Railway Journeys (239,000), Dead Lucky (168,000) and SBS World News (132,000). The Chef’s Line was 63,000.

Something called Rusty Rivets topped multichannels at 205,000 for ABC Kids.

Sunrise: 296,000
Today: 235,000
News Breakfast: 110,000 / 43,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 15 August 2018

28 Responses

  1. I was on SBS last night….I sat through the Bachelor tonight…arrghh…He is ok…the ladies…primped, painted and preened to the tip of their little fingernails…not going there again.

  2. While everyone here is probably referring to Bachie’s total people, look at the demographics, extraordinary! I’ll tip it’ll belt Block each Wednesday (maybe even total people still) and could be the top demographic program every week now.

    Nine’s clear space lasted barely 2 weeks and still managed a loss overall last week. Interesting to look at eveything holistically.

  3. Like others here, I found Bite Club pretty weak. Found it pretty boring actually and definitely dragging in parts. Questionable acting in parts, along with some ludicrous script and hackneyed plotline, just didn’t appeal. Really disappointing to see yet another new local drama that isn’t very good. Won’t be back for seconds…
    However Dead Lucky has been quite good – not perfect but worth watching. Rachel Griffiths always worth watching -she’s consistently excellent.

    1. I was really gobsmacked that Ten put the umpteenth repeat of Mean Girls directly after Bachelor. This was an excellent opportunity for Ten to put one of those pilot shows on. It would have got a great lead in and might have rated well. Putting Mean Girls was a lost opportunity. Another strange programming decision from the woman who axed Family Feud and replaced it with the dreadful – and worse rating – Pointless and then put Street Smart on in prime time – and lasted one episode before being yanked.

      1. Pointless is doing much better in the younger demos than Family Feud was by the end of its run. As for Mean Girls, the demographic that would be watching Mean Girls is young women which is exactly the demographic that would be interesting in Mean Girls. Hardly anyone watches TV live post 9 pm, so a show premiering at 9:15 would have completely flipped.

  4. As always love the daily ratings wrap: “Something called Rusty Rivets topped multichannels” Perhaps it is something like a renovation show for children? Recycling or upcycling education!?

    1. Yeah I usually watch the Block but the weekday eps are all the same – manufactured delays, dramas etc. – just show us the makeovers! Love Nick as the Bachelor – he is hilarious and seems like a genuinely nice, fun guy.

      1. Disappointing ratings for a drama offering again. I watched it but found the pace deathly slow and a serious lack of any meaningful narrative or character events. It felt very much like the failed COPS LAC program from a few years ago which also suffered from poor pacing and production issues.

        A big budget is not necessary for a good drama but this one clearly does not have the resources to tell the story it wants to in any engaging fashion.

        I won’t be back.

      1. I think a merger is worth considering along with content available via streaming. The landscape has changed and ABC/SBS should evolve. With streaming I would advocate, 2 options, free with ads or no ads for a small monthly fee. Burying their heads in the sand and resisting change is a very backward step in this era. It’s time for radical change

        1. > “‘Burying their heads in the sand and resisting change is a very backward step in this era.”

          It’s been working out pretty well for the commercial channels for the last dozen or so years…

          1. I’m not so sure about that Tex….with takeovers, job cuts etc and the ‘magic million’ now being a benchmark for ratings success as opposed to a bit of a disaster a few years ago.

          2. @Jezza: So what you’re saying is it _has_ worked out for them pretty well over the years?

            Because if it wasn’t for the protectionism – & in some cases, bordering on flat-out graft & favouritism – they’ve lobbied for & enjoyed over the past couple of decades, one (if not two) of them would’ve collapsed years ago.

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