TV Ratings Sept 21: The Bachelorette finds more fans

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

• The Bachelorette finds more fans: audience climbs closer to 1m
• Nine Thursday night combo secures an all people win
• Seven’s Front Bar outperforms Nine’s Footy Show again

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Home and Away has ended the week on 678,000, up a little on the Wednesday average.

Dogs Make You Laugh Out Loud then did just over 400,000 across the metro network. The show didn’t air in some markets until after 9.30pm.

World’s Deadliest Weather had a network audience of 230,000 although it didn’t air until after 10.30pm in southern markets.

At 7.30pm AFL markets got the Dennis Cometti-hosted special Footy’s Funniest with 361,000 watching, 195,000 of them in Melbourne.

The Front Bar had another strong week with 333,000 across three markets with its penultimate episode of the year. The three-market number a week ago was 265,000. The Melbourne audience last night was 231,000, well up on last week’s 191,000 and putting the show again in front of Nine’s AFL Footy Show.


A Current Affair was under 700,000 with Deborah Knight hosting.

An hour of RBT did 562,000, finding the going tough as Sophie Monk was drawing the crowds to TEN.

The Footy Shows kicked off at 8.30pm with the NRL edition on 226,000 with 126,000 in Sydney and 101,000 in Brisbane.

The AFL Footy Show did 295,000 with 194,000 in Melbourne. Although the week-on-week comparison was up, the show still trailed Seven’s The Front Bar.


The channel has enjoyed two successive strong all people and demo performances with the second episode of The Bachelorette growing to just under 1m viewers. The audience of 980,000 was the biggest ever episode two crowd for either format of the franchise in Australia and the show was #1 for the night all people and 25-54.

The fascination with Sophie Monk has been good for the schedule too with the channel able to boast the top three Thursday shows of the night 25-54 – The Project 7pm and The Wrong Girl.

The Project 7pm was on 589,000 all people with Tommy Little and Fitzy on the desk with a segment interviewing the stars of the new Kingsman movie.

Later in the night The Wrong Girl was on 479,000 with The Bachelorette helping lift the audience by 13% from the week prior for the episode, which was the best number for the drama since October last year.


Episode eight of the 10-part Shorts Cuts To Glory did 258,000 after 333,000 last week.

Episode two of Glitch didn’t have a great lead-in with the audience dropping to 235,000 after 328,000 last week.


Train travel was again the audience magnet with Great British Railways on 309,000 with a trip from Windsor to Didcot.

Gourmet Farmer then had 258,000 watching, down from 303,000 last week.

Junk Food Kids moved into the 8.30pm slot with 162,000.

The final of the second season of Versailles then did 94,000. The program will be back with a third season in 2018.

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