Ratings: Ten number one on Thursday as Sophie's final choice gets closer

Season-high ratings for an episode of The Bachelorette followed by Gogglebox drove Ten to its highest network share of the 2017 survey.

Ten averaged 28.8% of the audience, Seven took second spot with 26.6% thanks largely to news and triple Home and Away while Nine had to settle for a rare third spot with 23.5%. That left 13.9% for ABC and SBS on 7.4%. Ten also easily won the three younger demographic groups where Eleven was the most popular multichannel.

The Bachelorette was the night’s number one show with 1.02 million watching the Hometown episode, up from 993,000 the previous week. Gogglebox slipped with a later start time but still beat the competition with 775,000. Earlier, Ten Eyewitness News had 421,000, The Project 619,000 and 394,000 with Family Feud on 295,000. Later, new Law & Order: SVU had 334,000 and a Blue Bloods repeat 159,000.

Seven News got Seven off to a good start with 918,000 and 844,000 winning the 6-7pm timeslot. Following were three episodes of Home and Away that averaged 650,000. The premiere movie Terminator Genisys missed the top twenty with just 317,000.

Nine News scored 896,000 and 818,000 with A Current Affair the 7pm timeslot winner on 732,000. At 7.30 RBT ranked third with 550,000 and the repeat movie We’re the Millers managed 318,000.

A disappointing night for ABC included just two entries in the top twenty: ABC News (662,000) and 7:30 (404,000). Missing the cut were Insert Name Here (291,000), Glitch (198,000) and Grand Designs (167,000).

SBS scored best with Great British Railway Journeys (356,000) and Food Safari Earth (256,000) while the second instalment of Sunshine slipped to just 168,000.

Afternoon viewing included Seven’s The Chase (520,000 and 353,000) and Nine’s Hot Seat (445,000 and 242,000). Earlier, Seven News rated 217,000 at 4.30 and 194,000 at 4pm while Nine’s Afternoon News had 163,000. Meanwhile Ten’s Bold and The Beautiful had 255,000.

Breakfast TV was close with Sunrise (288,000) just ahead of Today (281,000).

See Thursday 20 October 2017 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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