TV Ratings August 15: Record launch audience welcomes Honey Badger on The Bachelor

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings.

• Record launch audience welcomes Honey Badger to The Bachelor
• Nine narrowly wins primary race, but The Block second in timeslot

Seven

Home and Away pushed above 700,000 for the first time this week after two nights below that mark.

Two episodes of Highway Patrol did 601,000 and then 631,000.

9-1-1 then did 470,000.

Nine

A Current Affair dipped below 800,000 for the first time this week.

The Block wasn’t able to hold top spot last night as the audience dipped to 823,000, over 100,000 behind The Bachelor.

The Playmaker Media crime drama Bite Club launched with 509,000, with mixed reviews but a stellar cast.

TEN

Bachelor Nick Cummins was a guest on The Project ahead of the series launch. The 7pm half of the program did 517,000.

The Bachelor 2018 then launched with a record opening night crowd – 940,000. The first episode was #1 program across the capital cities, #1 entertainment program in total people and it pushed TEN to #1 25-54 last night.

ABC

Anh’s Brush With Fame did 654,000 at 8pm.

The Weekly With Charlie Pickering did 546,000 with Tom Gleeson’s Stay Away hammering Melbourne. Even Pickering commented it was a harsh assessment! Gleeson also revealed Stay Away had been renewed for another year.

You Can’t Ask That did 366,000 and Adam Hills: The Last Leg did 266,000.

Tonightly did 106,000 and host Tom Ballard has been hilarious in the two shows broadcast since the ABC cancelled the program. If a broadcaster is looking for someone to ignite late night, Ballard needs to be seriously considered. His intro on the day he was sacked started with: “How was your day?”

SBS

The second episode of Filthy Rich & Homeless did 345,000 after launching with 387,000.

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