TV Ratings August 29: The Bachelor out-rates The Block

Mediaweek Editor James Manning rounds up last nights TV ratings.

• Reality reset: The Bachelor out-rates The Block. Karl’s fault?
• Best of the rest: Home And Away, Anh’s Brush, Michael Portillo


Episode three of Home And Away this week did 602,000 with each night edging lower since Monday.

Another evening of ob docs after 7.30pm with Highway Patrol on 511,000 followed by Motorbike Cops on 539,000.

9-1-1 then did 415,000.


A Current Affair had a midweek audience of 780,000 after 840,000 and 758,000 earlier in the week.

The Block had a Nine breakfast cross promotion when Today’s Georgie Gardner and Karl Stefanovic turned up on site. The Wednesday episode did 846,000 after 902,000 a week ago. It couldn’t really be something else Karl could be blamed for, could it?

Bite Club then did an improved 490,000 after 427,000 last week.


Gene Simmons and Tim Minchin were both guests on The Project with 549,000 watching after 7pm.

The Bachelor started with Nick and Sophie zooming across Sydney Harbour on a racing yacht. The bachelorettes were then stunned to learn they would be spending their group date with Nick’s father Mark, sister Bernadette and brother Jacob. At the end of the episode Nick presented Cass with the final rose of the evening, sending Blair home. The first of two episodes this week did 871,000 after 821,000 on Wednesday last week. The episode was the #1 program for the night 25-54.

The 1990 movie Pretty Woman then did 366,000.


Anh’s Brush With Fame featured Lauren Jackson with 579,000 watching.

The Weekly then featured Human Nature on Hard Chat with 575,000 watching. Tom Gleeson announced that a new season of Hard Quiz would be returning next month.

The final episode of this season of You Can’t Ask That did 477,000.

Adam Hills: The Last Leg did 226,000 and one of the last primary channel outings for Tonightly was on 100,000.


Michael Portillo took over the 7.30pm slot for a second successive night and a repeat of Great British Railway Journeys was the channel’s #1 with 239,000.

Episode two of The Employables was on 89,000.

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