TV Ratings August 16: Another good night for The Bachelor, SBS share lifts with Filthy Rich & Homeless final

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

• First kiss and more eliminations: Another good night for The Bachelor
• SBS share lifts with final night of Filthy Rich & Homeless


Home And Away was down close to 650,000 with its smallest audience of the week.

The Front Bar had a huge night with Jason Dunstall bringing plenty of laughs. The metro audience was 392,000 with a big 281,000 in Melbourne, over double The Footy Show numbers in that market.


A Current Affair was just over 700,000 for its smallest audience of the week.

The NRL featured the Broncos versus Souths with 494,000 watching – 246,000 in Sydney and 214,000 in Brisbane.

Nine is hoping for an AFL Footy Show revival, but it didn’t happen last night with 137,000 in Melbourne. The NRL show, which seems to escape ratings scrutiny, did 85,000 in Sydney.


The Project was just under 500,000 after 7pm. Special guest was Richard Roxburgh talking about the final season of Rake starting on the ABC on Sunday night.

Episode two of The Bachelor farewelled another two contestants as the Honey Badger had his first kiss! After launching with a record 940,000 last night, episode two did 822,000 to again lead the timeslot, the evening after 7pm and the demos. The first two episodes in 2017 did 846,000 and 739,000.


Grand Designs Australia was on 444,000 followed by Everyone’s A Critic at the Campbelltown Arts Centre with 215,000.


The channel had its best Thursday share this year apart from the Thursday the Socceroos played in the World Cup.

The final episode of Filthy Rich & Homeless did 342,000 after the first two episodes pulled 387,000 and 345,000.

A subsequent special, Filthy Rich & Homeless Live, did 287,000.

Earlier in the night Britain’s Ancient Tracks did 318,000.

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