TV Ratings Oct 26: Bachelorette finale delivers TEN’s biggest share in 15 months

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

• TEN’s bigger Thursday: Massive winning share, best in 15 months
• A nation cheers: Sophie Monk choses Stu on Bachelorette final
• Sad faces for Jarrod: some thought he would never be the one

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


The final outing for Home and Away was up against The Bachelorette final for much of the three back-to-back episodes.The mini-marathon slipped just under 600,000.

The movie Pitch Perfect followed with 306,000.


The Block got a good workout on A Current Affair with Domain’s Alice Stolz giving her tips about who might do well in the auctions this weekend. Domain’s real estate data scientist then estimated $2.4m to $2.6m for the houses. “Potentially something for everyone.” However, one property is expected to push close to $3m.

An hour of RBT followed on 526,000 from four markets followed by the movie Jack Reacher on 429,000.


The channel recorded its highest commercial key demo and all people shares since July last year.

Matt Lucas was pushing his new book on The Project as he came on toward the end of the program. Earlier in the Thursday episode Apollo explained what went wrong on The Bachelorette on Wednesday. The Thursday episode did 613,000, which means the giant Bachelorette audience didn’t arrive until its episode started.

After setting several records during this season there would have been hopes The Bachelorette would have set a new high for a franchise season final. And the numbers didn’t disappoint. The episode started with host Osher Günsberg strolling along a beach in Fiji ahead of Sophie having to make her choice between Stu and Jarrod. Some clever editing made some think Jarrod didn’t have a chance, but when he turned up first for the final decision viewers knew it was all over for him.

And those numbers – the final decision did 2.21m national while the regular final episode did 1.75m national making it the biggest episode ever for The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise.

Gogglebox followed with the home critics watching The Living Room and Barry Du Bois, who revealed in last Friday’s episode his cancer had returned. Also up for review was The Block and some of the cast were even thrilled with The Last Rockstar. Gogglebox also set a record for its biggest ever audience last night with 954,000.


The EX-PM picked a tough night to launch with 454,000 watching.

A repeat of John Clarke: Thanks For Your Time then did 396,000.

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report hereSBS

Great British Railway Journeys was on 322,000 at 7.30pm followed by Food Safari Earth with 248,000.

The final episode of the local drama Sunshine did 157,000.

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