TV romance rates: Bachelor wins viewers' hearts

James McGrath
By James McGrath | 3 October 2014

Who said romance was dead? The Bachelor series finale was the most popular program for the night, relegating The Block to second place.

While the finale itself was the third-highest rating show of the night, The Final Decision where Blake finally chose between Sam and Lisa pulled in 1.37 million metro viewers, while The Block pulled in 1.06 million as the main opposition to the Bachelor juggernaught.

Combined metro and regional viewers reached 1.81 million viewers, peaking at 2.1 million.

Network Seven meanwhile offered up Dynamo: Magician Impossible and Will Anderson presenting the Just for Laughs 2014 Festival as the sacrificial lambs.

While 600,000 were attracted to magic of another kind, they didn't stick around for the laughs with the festival not landing inside the top 20 for the night.

Top ten programs for October 2.

There was a marked drop-off in viewers acorss the networks around 9pm, just as The Bachelor wrapped up -  it may be merely speculation, but perhaps viewers needed some downtime following the emotional highs and lows of The Bachelor.

Network Ten's series premiere of Madam Secretary received a boost from carry-over Bachelor fans, attracting 740,000 viewers, landing it inside the top 10 programs for the night.

Next week will be a better barometer of whether Madam Secretary can stand on it own two feet without the lead in from The Bachelor.

Overall, The Bachelor wasn't quite enough to knock Seven and Nine off their seemingly perennial top two spots, with Ten pulling in 23.9% share of total audience.

Nine and Seven reached 30.7% and 24.6% respectively for the night.

However Ten can take solace from the fact that on a main-channel basis, it did manage to knock of Seven with a 19% share to Seven's 16.6%.

 Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. 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. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.

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