• The Bachelorette makes a choice: Ali chooses Taite in front of 1.21m
• Paramedics part of Nine’s winning mix of news and ob docs
• The Project farewells Carrie as Fifi Box parodies New Idea cover
Home And Away drifted just below 500,000 for its final night of the week after pulling 676,000 on Monday.
The second episode of Orange Is The New Brown was on 264,000 after launching on 422,000 a week ago.
A new episode of Modern Family then did 198,000.
A Current Affair was just nudging 650,000 on its fourth episode of the week, which included a story about the new way to rent or sell a car – “the Netflix for cars”.
The Thursday ob doc triple play followed with Driving Test on 206,000 (Sydney and Brisbane only), RBT on 470,000 and then Paramedics on 584,000 after 562,000 last week.
It was Carrie Bickmore’s final night on The Project until she returns from maternity leave in 2019. Throughout the show different team members handed over gifts. Regular Fifi Box, a favourite of the women’s weekly magazines, made up a parody cover of her own publication and called it No Idea. The show also managed another lengthy plug for How To Stay Married. Maybe 10 sales boss Rod Prosser should be invoicing Pete Helliar for help with the marketing campaign for his book and now TV series? The Thursday episode did 444,000.
It was time then for the finale of The Bachelorette. The regular part of the final instalment did 766,000 after 605,000 last Thursday. As a nervous and worried Taite waited for Ali in a magical setting in the Northern Territory (NT Tourism should definitely be invoiced) the crowd surged to 926,000 metro and 1.21m across metro and regional markets. The numbers haven’t gotten close to what Sophie Monk managed to attract last year. That series of The Bachelorette ended with 1.31m for the final episode and then 1.64m for Sophie’s Final Decision.
The 2018 final was, however, enough for 10 to lead the night in the key demos as The Bachelorette also cleaned up in its timeslot.
The second episode of How To Stay Married was as much fun as the first with 507,000 last night after 512,000 for the launch.
Law & Order: SVU then did 208,000.
Grand Designs Australia was back in the 8pm slot last night after the Q&A Malcolm Turnbull special a week ago. The builders attracted 448,000 after 445,000 a fortnight ago.
A repeat episode of Endeavour then did 289,000.
The Australia Says Yes documentary did under 100,000 at 7.30pm.
The numbers then lifted to 139,000 for the premiere of Waco.