TV Ratings October 4: No love for The Bachelor on final night… except in the ratings

Mediaweek editor James Manning examines last night’s TV ratings.

• No love for The Bachelor on final night… except in the ratings
• TEN’s winning share of 22.1% bigger than MasterChef final
• Nine’s Paramedics from WTFN launches with 500,000+
• SBS’s Go Back To Where You Came From Live ends on 170,000

Seven

A Home And Away mini-marathon ended its week on 512,000 after hovering close to 600,000 for the rest of the week.

The 2016 movie Suicide Squad then did 343,000.

Nine

A Current Affair started with a seriously pissed-off neighbour – a mum fighting tradies on a building site. The episode was on 714,000 after 786,000 on Wednesday.

Cars featured a lot on the big reality franchises last night. The Block vehicle of choice was a VW, which featured during a driver training session with $10,000 on offer. It was good to see former Top Gear Australia host Steve Pizzati back on screen. The unusual Thursday episode of the show had to settle for second in the slot with 714,000.

The new ob doc Paramedics from WTFN did 556,000, launching just a few days before TEN’s Ambulance Australia from Endemol Shine.

TEN

It was all about The Bachelor on TEN’s biggest night of the year. There was no former contestant or host for The Project so guest co-host Rachel Corbett conveyed her excitement about the final to the audience. The Project did have Bill Shorten and then a live interview with Michael Bublé, which was lots of fun. The episode did 565,000 after 511,000 the night prior.

The Bachelor result last night might have hurt the franchise a little, but people will move on from the disappointment pretty quickly… perhaps. Social media was flooded with outrage with plenty of comments about a waste of time and people wanting their Wednesday and Thursday nights back. There were plenty of shots of a Hyundai coming and going and the New Caledonia Tourist Board should be well pleased. The final episode did 1.00m while the amazing few minutes when the “decision” was revealed rated 1.24m. When opposing networks don’t send out details of how poorly the show did year-on-year you know it must have done well. And so it did – in 2017 the final episode did 980,000 and the 2017 decision was on 1.11m.

Gogglebox followed with Love It Or List It and Survivor among the programs watched. No one seems to like Brian in Survivor! The episode did 813,000 after 614,000 last week.

ABC

Grand Designs Australia was on 460,000 followed by the final of Loch Ness on 315,000.

SBS

The start of Tony Robinson’s Hidden Britain By Drone did 284,000.

The final of CJZ’s Go Back To Where You Came From Live featured some moving family reunions and some insights delivered by the participants. The biggest change of attitude came from football-turned-breakfast radio host Spida Everitt who was touring Southern Sudan with Meshel Laurie. Steve and Gretel were in Greece at the end of the three-part series while Jacqui and Marina did their final live cross from a safe place in Northern Syria. The final episode did 172,000.

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