Sophie Monk’s big Bachelorette moment pulls in 2.2m viewers – Ten’s biggest audience of 2017

Sophie Monk’s final decision on dating show The Bachelorette has delivered Ten with its biggest audience in more than a year, pulling in 1.640m metro viewers and 2.204m nationally.

The former singer’s selection of millionaire Stu Laundy as her partner also saw Ten top all of the key advertising demographics for Thursday night.

The rest of the episode averaged 1.316m metro viewers and 1.753m nationally, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings.

The show was well up up on last season’s finale which saw Georgia Love pull an average metro audience of 875,000.

And in 2015, Sam Frost’s finale rated 1.52m metro viewers as the former Bachelor contestant chose Sacha Mielczarek as her partner.

It was almost the most watched episode of any series of Ten’s Bachelor and Bachelorette franchises.

Beverley McGarvey, Network Ten chief content officer, said in a statement: “The combination of Sophie, romance, excitement, humour, love and amazing dates had all of Australia captivated by The Bachelorette Australia this year.

“Our sincere thanks and congratulations go to Sophie and Stu, who leave the show with our very best wishes for the future,” she said.

Competing against Ten’s The Bachelorette was Seven’s back-to-back episodes of Home and Away, which managed 594,000 metro viewers and Nine’s RBT which saw 526,000 viewers tune in.

The news battle for the evening saw Seven News’ 957,000 beat Nine News’ metro audience of 851,000.

The success of The Bachelorette helped Ten to a Thursday night ratings win with an overall audience share of 25.5% beating Nine’s 17.8%, Seven’s 15.7%, ABC’s 9.8% and SBS’ 4.4% share.


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