TV ratings September 24: The Bachelor has 879k tune in for Locky’s final decision

The Bachelor

• The Bachelor was the #1 entertainment show of the night

• The Bachelor chooses Irena as biggest audience chooses 10
• Nine ranks #1 primary with Brisbane delivering #1 NRL crowd
• Seven ranks #1 network as Father Brown pushes 7TWO over 4%
• Next best thing to visiting New Zealand? Watching SBS

Primetime News
Seven News 1,026,000/1,005,000
Nine News 952,000/928,000
ABC News 771,000
10 News First 326,000/205,000
SBS World News 188,000

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 633,000
7.30 516,000
The Project 287,000/514,000
The Drum 192,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 276,000
Today 200,000
News Breakfast 206,000

Late night news
The Latest 212,000
Nine News Late 147,000
ABC Late News 112,000
SBS World News Late 58,000

Thursday TV 

Seven: Home and Away held just over 500,000 to end the week after a high of 627,000 on Wednesday.

The Front Bar guest was great Melbourne coach John Northey with 290,000 watching – 182,000 in Melbourne.

Some guides mentioned a Lindy Chamberlain spoiler would air in Sydney and Brisbane, instead viewers got the movie Pitch Perfect with 89,000 watching in those two markets.

Nine: A Current Affair slipped just below 700,000 again to 633,000.

The NRL featured an all-Queensland clash as the Broncos secured the Wooden Spoon for the first time as they were defeated by the Cowboys. The audience of 344,000 saw the biggest crowd in Brisbane – 161,000. Sydney was not far behind on 153,000.

10: The Project recovered after being locked around 450,000 for three nights as it climbed over 500,000 for the first time this week.

Some of that audience tuning in no doubt stayed on for the season finale of The Bachelor as 879,000 watched Locky choose Irena. The first part of the finale was on 694,000. The audiences for the series climax last year were 936,000 and 1,170,000. Last night was the first time the Winner Announced has failed to crack 1m in eight seasons.

The list of achievements tough is long for what the 2020 final did last night:

#1 entertainment show of the night
Dominated the key demos: #1 in under 50s, 25 to 54s and 16 to 39s
#1 show on BVOD last night
Final Decision was the #1 live stream event on 10 Play this year

Network 10’s head of programming Daniel Monaghan said this morning:

“Locky’s search for love was a hit with Australians across all screens. The 2020 season of The Bachelor Australia dominated social media every time it went to air, recorded huge BVOD and live streaming numbers, and ranked #1 in its timeslot on broadcast TV.

“Thanks to the wonderful team at 10 and Warner Bros for their hard work and ingenuity in very challenging circumstances.

“Special thanks as well to our partners and sponsors for their incredible support and the highly creative and effective ideas and integrations they brought to this year’s series,” he said.

“Now that The Bachelor Australia has wrapped, we can’t wait to roll out The Bachelorette Australia, as sisters and best friends Elly and Becky Miles embark on their unique and very special quest for true love.” 

Gogglebox had a good lead-in last night and drew an audience of 654,000, but up only marginally on last week’s 645,000.

ABC: The Heights was on 213,000.

Escape from the City followed with host Simon Marnie looking for a property in the Hunter region for the audience of 296,000.

SBS: Aussies are desperate to travel anywhere as present. The first international option might be New Zealand. With that still some time away viewers did the next best thing last night and flocked to The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys. A trip across the South Island attracted a bumper crowd of 390,000 for the series final.

Secrets of the Tower of London then did 193,000.

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