The Bachelor premieres with 846,000 viewers

The fifth season of Ten’s romance reality television show The Bachelor premiered with 846,000 metro viewers last night.

Former The Bachelorette contestant Matty J’s return to the screens was down 36,000 on the 2016 season four opener of The Bachelor but nearly 200,000 up on last year’s first episode of The Bachelorette.

According to OzTAM’s overnight metro ratings, The Bachelor was the most watched program across key advertising demographics 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Nationally, including both regional and metro affiliate stations, the reality television show averaged 1.108m viewers.

2015’s season of The Bachelor starring personal trainer Sam Wood debuted with 846,000 metro viewers, while the first season of the program, starring Tim Robards, premiered with 669,000 metro viewers.

The Bachelor was the most watched entertainment show for the evening, topping Seven’s metro audience of 700,000 for Border Security: Australia’s Frontline, and Nine’s 561,000 for its airing of Britain’s Got Talent.

Border Security saw 1.127m tune in nationally, while Britain’s Got Talent managed 820,000 viewers across the nation.

In terms of overall audience share, it was a close battle between the three commercial free-to-air networks last night. Seven won with an average overall audience share of 18.2%, ahead of Ten’s 17.4% and Nine’s 16.8%.

ABC had 11.9% and SBS 5.0%.

Seven News was the most watched program for the night with 1.055m metro viewers beating Nine News’ 1.109m.


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