The Bachelor and a bear fail to dent the top 10

By (incomplete) | 15 August 2014

The Bachelor Australia lifted on last week, while more than half a million people tuned in to watch the story of Hercules the Human Bear on Channel Seven last night.

Ten's The Bachelor was the 12th most-watched free-to-air program, winning an audience of 639,000 – up from last Thursday's 579,000.

The documentary on Scottish couple Andy and Maggie Robin who had a pet grizzly bear, Hercules the Human Bear, was the 16th most-watched show, winning Seven an audience of 587,000 across Australia's five metro areas.

Nine's The Block Glasshouse was ousted from Sydney and Brisbane TV screens in favour of the Rabbitohs versus Broncos NRL game, so it failed to make its usual appearance in the top 10 most-watched programs. In Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth it won a total of 525,000 viewers, making it the 20th most-watched program.

The NRL on Nine, meanwhile, won 629,000 fans in Sydney and Brisbane, putting it in 14th spot, according to preliminary overnight ratings figures from OzTam.

Science program Catalyst, on ABC1, was one of just three non-news shows to make the top 10, with an audience of 842,000 putting it in seventh spot.

Seven's Home and Away was eighth with 802,000 viewers and Nine's The Footy Show rounded out the top 10 with 701,000 viewers.

Nine News won the biggest crowd, with 1.065 million viewers, followed by Seven News with 1.001 million.

Completing the top 10 was Nine News at 6.30, third with an audience of 990,000, Seven's Today Tonight, fourth with 953,000, Nine's A Current Affair, fifth with 865,000, ABC News Update, sixth with 865,000, and ABC News, ninth with 718,000.

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