The Bachelor draws 1.374m for proposal finale topping the night

Ten’s reality dating show The Bachelor was the highest rating program of the night with 1.374m metro viewers last night tuning in to watch bachelor Blake Garvey propose to bachelorette Sam Frost.

The result is Ten’s best audience for a single show since the Masterchef finale drew 1.7m in July, and more than double some of the ratings for the normal shows during the series.

While the final proposal segment of the show got 1.3m, the main part attracted an audience of 1.0265m from 7.30pm, behind Nine’s The Block: Glasshouse which had an audience of 1.065m from 7.30pm to 8.40pm.

The audience would have been boosted by intense last minute media speculation that the couple may have broken up after Ten publicity cancelled all media interviews with the couple, helping it rise above the 1.186m the finale drew last year.

Ten’s new political drama Madam Secretary drew 740,000 viewers straight after The Bachelor, a result boosted by the show running over time.

Ahead of the Sunday’s NRL grand final The Footy Show on Nine drew 401,000 viewers in the 8.30pm slot, however it was only screened in Sydney and Brisbane.

On Seven Dynamo the magician drew 600,000 viewers at 8pm, with 381,000 viewers for Wil Anderson’s Just for Laughs 2014.

In the news stakes Seven News beat Nine News with an audience of 1.017m compared with 953,000 viewers in the 6pm slot. In the 6.30pm slot for the third night in a row Nine News grew its audience to 977,000 while Seven fell to 949,000 viewers.

The Bachelor’s performance saw Ten come in second for the night with an audience share of 19 per cent on its main channel second only to Nine who had 22.8 per cent. Seven was pushed to third with 16.6 per cent.

In total audience share, with the multi-channels included Nine had 30.7 per cent share, Seven 24.6 per cent and Ten 23.9 per cent.

Nic Christensen

Ten has issued a statement confirmed a break up between Garvey and Frost:

“Network Ten can confirm that Blake and Sam have sadly ended their engagement. When Blake proposed to Sam in South Africa, he did so because he had genuinely fallen in love with her. He was excited to start a life with Sam and was very much looking forward to their future together.

Unfortunately, not all relationships are meant to be, and feelings invariably change. Once Blake returned to his everyday life, he realised that they both wanted different things from a relationship and had different priorities. Blake has the greatest love and respect for Sam, but has made the difficult decision to end the relationship.”

Top 15 shows
2 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE Network 9 1,065,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,017,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 977,000
6 NINE NEWS Network 9 953,000
7 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 949,000
8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 899,000
9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 839,000
10 MADAM SECRETARY Network TEN 740,000
11 ABC NEWS Network ABC1 669,000
12 CATALYST Network ABC1 666,000
13 7.30 Network ABC1 603,000
15 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 588,000

Audience share
Network 9 22.8%
Network TEN 19.0%
Network 7 16.6%
Network ABC1 11.0%
Network GO! 4.4%
Network 7TWO 4.1%
Network 7mate 4.0%
Network SBS ONE 3.7%
Network Gem 3.5%
Network ABC2 3.1%
Network ONE 2.2%
Network ELEVEN 2.7%
Network SBS 2 1.0%
Network ABC News 24 1.0%
Network ABC3 0.7%
Network NITV 0.2%

Total audience share
Network 9 TTL 30.7%
Network 7 TTL 24.6%
Network TEN TTL 23.9%
Network ABC TTL 15.8%
Network SBS TTL 4.9%

Data OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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