TV ratings August 12: The Bachelor wins demos despite smaller launch audience

• Best of the rest: Hard Quiz, Highway Patrol, Emergency & Sydney’s Super Tunnel

Seven News 1,152,000/1,055,000
Nine News 1,055,000/1.019,000
ABC News 760,000
A Current Affair 692,000
7.30 626,000
The Project 336,000/557,000
10 News 390,000/228,000
Sunrise 289,000
News Breakfast 234,000
Today 208,000
The Drum 205,000
SBS World News 202,000
Nine News Late Edition 195,000

Wednesday TV

Seven: Home and Away slipped just under 600,000 after opening the week on 660,000 and then dropping to just over 600,000 on Tuesday.
Another Highway Patrol Special did 421,000 after 407,000 a week ago.
An old standby movie The Shawshank Redemption was slipped into the 8.30pm slot and did 282,000, running until after 11pm.

Nine: A Current Affair was just below 700,000 for a second night after 819,000 on Monday.
An hour of RBT did 327,000, down from 472,000 a week ago.
New Emergency then did 419,000 after 507,000 last week.

10: The Project 7pm pushed just over 550,000 with a preview of the new season of The Bachelor with Bachelor Locky.
The premier of the new season then had close to its smallest launch audience ever with 681,000. The Bachelor still managed to win its commercial timeslot and beat all-comers in the key demos. 10 has noted that amongst viewers 16-39, the new series had a bigger launch audience than the launch episodes of Ninja, Voice and Farmer this year. And in another indication of how consumption patterns are changing, Network 10’s head of programming Daniel Monaghan pointed out the episode last night was 10’s biggest ever entertainment live stream audience. 

See more: The Bachelor Australia: Navigating love during COVID-19

ABC: Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson again delivered for the channel with 733,000 placing him as the fourth most-watched show of the night and #1 non-news, close to last week’s 747,000.
Mad as Hell was on 598,000 and then Rosehaven did 441,000.
The final of Retrograde was then on 144,000 before the numbers climbed significantly to 236,000 for Planet America.

SBS: It’s unusual for Tony Robinson to be outrated on a Wednesday night. He wasn’t last night – but he went close. A repeat of Britain’s Ancient Tracks did 225,000 at 7.30pm. It was followed by Sydney’s Super Tunnel from Sydney corporate production house Rogue Creative on 223,000 at 8.30pm.

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