The premier of The Bachelorette skewered its beachy counter-part Love Island, while also debuting to higher numbers than last year.
The launch of Angie’s The Bachelorette season brought in 716,000 pairs of eyes whilst the new season of Love Island scraped by with 290,000 viewers.
Last year’s season of The Bachelorette debuted to 631,000 viewers across the metro cities.
Network 10’s head of network programming Dan Monaghan said: “What a fantastic launch for Angie’s season of The Bachelorette – up 22 per cent year on year nationally and smashed all the demos as the #1 show of the night in under 50s and all key demos (16 to 39s, 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s).
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the result for what is the best season of The Bachelorette yet. Angie is funny, warm and authentic, we can’t wait for the rest of the country to follow fairytale.”
The Block (855,000) handed Nine a Wednesday night win 26.4 per cent of the audience share (all channels). Seven did 25.1 per cent, 10 stole third at 22.3 per cent, ABC had 17.8 per cent and SBS had 8.5 per cent.
ABC’s Gruen had one of its better nights with 715,000, Aunty’s 7pm news pulled 624,000, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery had 596,000, 7.30 had 578,000 and Utopia did 571,000.
Seven’s best was its 6pm news with 934,000, Home And Away had 573,000, The Chase did 525,000 and Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Wedding had 397,000.
10’s non-Bachelorette highlights included The Project (465,000) and 10 News First (331,000).
Nine’s 6pm news did 792,000, ACA enjoyed 707,000 and Hot Seat had 404,000.
In the battle for breakfast, Sunrise (259,000) saw off Today (199,000)