TV Ratings March 25: Nine #1, Bachelor In Paradise launches with 750,000 for TEN

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

• Bachelor In Paradise launches with 750,000 for TEN
• Australian Spartan returns with 473,000 for Seven
• But Nine wins the night with 60 Minutes & Blue Planet II

Seven

Seven’s first Sunday afternoon AFL game of the year in Melbourne was a cliffhanger and ran to just after 6pm, which helped push the metro news number to 1.13m with 390,000 in Melbourne.

Australian Spartan was not able to hang onto those numbers for its Easter resurrection with just 473,000 watching after its launch earlier this year on 816,000, which turned into 524,000 a week later.

Sunday Night then did 436,000.

Nine

60 Minutes got the early slot for Nine with Tom Steinfort opening the show reporting from the gun control rally in Washington. The episode ranked #3 for the night on 778,000.

Blue Planet II then had a Sunday slot with 591,000, which is similar to what the show has been doing on Saturday nights. The new series had close to 250,000 watching in both Sydney and Melbourne.

TEN

The channel had its second 14%+ share in four days thanks to the launch of Bachelor In Paradise. The reality spinoff using contestants from earlier series of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette launched with 750,000, which is the channel’s best audience since a couple of episodes of I’m A Celebrity did better than that. The Bachelor In Paradise numbers secured TEN first place 25-54.

NCIS then did 371,000.

Earlier in the day the Australian Grand Prix did 612,000 for the race. The 2017 Australian GP did 705,000.

The Sunday Project was then live from the Melbourne F1 track and had 424,000 watching after 7pm, well up on last week’s 250,000. Waleed Aly reported from Washington on the gun control march.

ABC

Grand Designs did 624,000 followed by the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala with 366,000.

SBS

The channel’s biggest audience came after 8.30pm with the doco Wasted! The Story Of Food Waste on 194,000.

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