TV Ratings October 3: Final week of The Bachelor pushes audience above 800,000

Mediaweek editor James Manning examines last night’s TV ratings.

• Cash crunch at The Block as Norm and Jess turn to grass
• Penultimate episode of The Bachelor pushes audience above 800,000


Home and Away was again just over 600,000 for a second night after starting the week just over that mark on Monday.

Some TV guides listed Queen Of The World Part 2, but viewers were given an hour of Highway Patrol. Amongst the footage was a rather spectacular motorcycle crash. The hour of the ob doc did 582,000.

The first responders from 9-1-1 entertained an audience of 410,000 for the next hour.


After audiences close to 950,000 and then 850,000 earlier this week, the midweek episode of A Current Affair did 786,000. The episode started with a look at an epidemic of house fires in Forbes and Parkes.

Synthetic grass arrived for one of The Block’s penthouse apartments in a clever move by Norm and Jess to make it pet friendly. However, soon after the grass arrived, Scottie Cam turned up to talk about budget as their money seemed to have run out. The episode did 926,000.

The eight-part drama Bite Club finished last night on 505,000.


Madeleine West from Playing For Keeps was co-hosting on The Project. Topics after 7pm included the tampon tax and astronomy. The Wednesday episode was on 511,000.

The final three of The Bachelor became two in the penultimate episode. The Honey Badger even got to show off his body art skills as he painted a love scene on Brooke. It didn’t end well though with Nick noting: “She means so much for me, but I just can’t give her what she wants now.” With that, Brooke was up and off before Nick had time to hand out the roses. The episode pushed higher with 822,000 watching.

Episode three of Playing For Keeps was then on 466,000 after 452,000 last week.


Hard Quiz featured the usual mix of unusual interests ranging from comedy trio Tripod to Freemasonry. The Tom Gleeson-hosted quiz show did 646,000.

A comedy trio followed with Mad As Hell on 609,000, Back In Very Small Business on 274,000 and Black Comedy did 183,000.


Great British Railway Journeys did 203,000 at 7.30pm.

Food Safari Water was then on 139,000.

After launching with 236,000 on Tuesday, Go Back To Where You Came From Live backed up with 183,000 despite its poor lead-in.

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