TV Ratings Sept 20: Sophie Monk delivers biggest Bachelorette launch ever

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

• The Block leads Nine to a narrow midweek win as TEN lifts
• Arrival of Sophie Monk on The Bachelorette sees show #1 25-54
• TEN’s biggest survey Wednesday, best on any night since MasterChef final

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.

Seven

With Nine and TEN both pulling good crowds at 7.30pm, Seven recorded its lowest Wednesday share in 10 weeks.

Home and Away dropped another 10,000 from Tuesday to 655,000 with some markets getting two episodes.

Border Security did 619,000 across five markets at different times, with The Force on 462,000 as it screened along the east coast only.

The new episode of Criminal Minds was on 395,000 followed by a repeat on 314,000.

Nine

A Current Affair was under 800,000 with Karl Stefanovic at the desk introducing stories about a housing estate rip-off and bargain supermarket buys.

The Block backed off a little from its big Sunday to Tuesday numbers, but there is nothing shabby about a midweek crowd of 1.02m.

Doctor Doctor then did 645,000 after 752,000 a week ago.

TEN

The channel’s best Wednesday night since BBL finals in January with a share of 18.6%. It was also the channel’s best on any night since the final of MasterChef this year.

The casting of Sophie Monk as The Bachelorette has been met with applause from the audience, critics and, it seems, advertisers too. It is also big news for the next owner of the broadcaster two days after the creditors indicated their preference. The opening night audience of 951,000 ranked the show #2 behind on The Block. It was the biggest launch audience ever for The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. However, it was dynamite in the key demos with The Bachelorette a clear leader 25-54. The audience was only 30,000 under the number watching the final episode of The Bachelor a week ago.

Earlier in the night the Monk magic didn’t boost The Project 7pm, where she was a guest. The episode was on 557,000.

After The Bachelorette ended around 9.15pm, TEN screened a repeat of the 2015 movie Spy to 349,000.

ABC

Hard Quiz was on 576,000 at 8pm after 620,000 a week ago.

Gruen was down week-on-week from 901,000 to 773,000 despite its 100th episode being arguably one of its best ever.

Get Krack!n then did 378,000 after 440,000 last week.

The second episode of The Edge Of The Bush did 183,000 after launching with 255,000.

SBS

Extreme Railway Journeys was travelling in India with 268,000 watching.

Look Me In The Eye then did 173,000.

The penultimate episode of The Good Fight then did 155,000.

And in the week it cleaned up at the primetime Emmys, The Handmaid’s Tale did 82,000 in the late, late slot.

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