TV Ratings September 12: Nine wins with Ashes + The Bachelor #1 entertainment

Bachelor 2019

• Seven’s The Front Bar most competitive non-news

Thursday Week 37 2019

• Ashes lives on primary channel as Nine takes top spot
• The Bachelor #1 entertainment as home visits win all demos

• Seven News 909,000/865,000
• Nine News 809,000/814,000
• ABC News 579,000
• 7.30 514,000
• The Project 258,000/460,000
• 10 News First 349,000
• The Drum 154,000
• SBS World News 115,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 271,000
• Today 200,000


The channel was off the pace last night and dropped away in most timeslots after 7.30pm.

Home and Away ended its week on 560,000 after audiences over 600,000 on the previous three nights.

The Front Bar was Seven’s best non-news performer (in AFL markets) at 8.30pm with 365,000 across the metro markets. It did 219,000 in Melbourne, yet only 14,000 in Sydney at 10pm. The show featured memories of Danny Frawley from hosts Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang.


In three nights A Current Affair has dipped from 800,000s to 700,000s and it was on 650,000 last night.

With an NRL-free Thursday, Nine was able to host the first day of the fifth Ashes Test from the Oval on its primary channel. The coverage saw 755,000 watching Australia fielding badly in the first session. By the time the second session ended the average audience was down to 326,000. Not bad for a session that ended close to 1am.


The Project lifted a little from Wednesday to 460,000 last night after 7pm. There was a way-too-short interview with diet guru Michael Mosley and then what seemed like endless coverage of The Bachelor. The home visits episode was the highest-rating this series.

When the reality show actually started, The Bachelor featured home visits to the families of the final four. The show did 797,000, winning all the key demos, which was well up from 635,000 last week.

Gogglebox then did 626,000 after 605,000 a week ago.


Escape from the City was house hunting along the Great Ocean Road with 434,000 watching.

Vera filled the British crime drama slot later in the evening with 233,000 watching.


Going Place with Ernie Dingo was on 121,000 at 7.30pm followed by Gourmet Farmer on 101,000 at 8pm.

Our TV guide indicated a double episode of Riviera at 8.30pm. Instead SBS screened Secrets of Harrods Department Store, which pulled the channel’s biggest audience of the night – 135,000. Riviera was pushed back to 9.30pm.


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