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Bachelor in Paradise grand finale fails to beat previous finales’ numbers, pulling 454,000 metro viewers

Bachelor in Paradise’s grand finale saw 454,000 metro viewers tune in to find out that none of the couples formed in Paradise have remained together since filming ended. The ‘Tell All’ format of the finale, which saw contestants reunite in front of a live audience, aired after Masterchef (which pulled 680,000 viewers) from 8:40pm to 11pm.

Viewership jumped to 587,000 when including regional numbers, and Melbourne was the largest audience with 164,000 viewers, but the results were a drop from last year’s finale, which saw 774,000 metro viewers tune in (but aired in the primetime 7:30 time slot).

The franchise’s host, Osher Gunsberg, told Mumbrella ahead of this year’s season that the numbers don’t reflect how the show actually engages audiences.

“Our show itself plays only a part of the enjoyment people get from watching,” he said.

“People watch it communally, they enjoy it together. It’s terrible for the ratings, we see a couch designed for three with five people on it, but that’s the best part about the show. People go to each others’ homes, they watch together, they watch in the group chat, they watch on Twitter.”

Masterchef won in all key demographics, with Bachelor in Paradise coming in second and third with the overall finale and ‘Tell All’ component, respectively.

The Paradise finale came in as the 12th most popular show by metro viewers. Hot Seat came in at number 11 with 468,000 metro viewers.

A Current Affair, Home and Away and The Chase Australia all scored top 10 spots.

Seven News was once again the most-watched program of the evening, pulling 988,000 metro viewers and 1.53m total viewers, which helped the Seven Network secure a 31.2% share, well ahead of Nine’s 24.5%. Nine News had a metro viewership of 874,000 and total viewership of 1.158m, while the 6:30 slot took 833,000 metro viewers and 1.138m total viewers.

ABC’s top performing program was ABC News, with 682,000 metro viewers, followed by 7:30, with 546,000 metro viewers and Escape from the City, which saw 423,000 metro viewers tune in.

The Rabbitohs vs Broncos NRL game drew 417,000 metro viewers.

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