TV Ratings: Love finds love, delivers for TEN

James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

TEN had the most-watched entertainment program last night, but Seven ended the night a point ahead to win Thursday. Helping Seven to first place were three episodes of Home and Away, Highway Patrol and Brad Pitt.

Seven also had the best combined channel share with Father Brown helping secure 7TWO a share of 5.0%.

The finale of The Bachelorette was TEN’s best and delivered an audience of 972,000 for Georgia’s decision. The number is down on last year but it still cleaned up in key demos and gave TEN its best share since the end of The Bachelor last month.

Seven

Seven delivered three episodes of Home and Away which returned an average audience of 692,000, close to last week’s 680,000.

Highway Patrol seems to have taken over from World’s Angriest with 567,000 watching the ob doc.

The Thursday movie was the Brad Pitt 2014 war film Fury with 290,000 watching.

Nine

A Current Affair featured reporters Andrew Hornery and Peter Ford explaining what might have gone wrong in the James Packer-Mariah Carey relationship. The episode did 717,000 – up on last Thursday’s 663,000.

A new episode of The Big Bang Theory then did 738,000 with a repeat on 702,000. The new ep did make it over 700,000 this week, but there have probably not been many nights when Nine finished third in primetime with a new BBT episode in the schedule.

The final episode of Better Late Than Never did 488,000, up just 10,000 on last week.

Nine then went to a movie, The Hangover with 204,000, stopping its run of Comedy Central Roasts.

TEN

The Project included a preview of The Bachelorette final with Jake, who didn’t make the last episode. The program had 585,000 watching after 7pm.

The Bachelorette final started with host Osher Günsberg welcoming viewers to Singapore. Georgia had her father and sister to help her make a decision, although she had a hell of a time trying to get meaningful advice from them. In the end she chose Lee which was when the ratings peaked for the program with 972,000 hearing her decision. Earlier on, the final episode had 790,000 watching her final dates. This series’ previous 2016 best was 703,000 watching the second episode.

Network Ten announced this morning The Bachelorette Australia will return for a third season in 2017.

Network Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “In just two years, The Bachelorette Australiahas become a firm favourite among many viewers and a key part of TEN’s content lineup.

“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.

ABC

Silvia’s Table was under 500,000 again with the celebrities eating in slow motion this week Marta Dusseldorp, Tara Moss and Opera Australia’s Kanen Breen.

Episode three of National Treasure did 321,000 with just one week to go until what promises to be a gripping climax in the courtroom.

SBS

The second episode of Matthew Evans’ For The Love Of Meat did 196,000 after 230,000 for the debut a week ago.

Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia had 206,000 watching the first of two episodes on the streets of Jakarta.

The second episode of My Restaurant In India did 168,000 as it tracks Sarah Todd’s progress opening her business in Goa.

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