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Home and Away beats The Bachelor amid rumours Channel 10 program is going to be axed

A new low for The Bachelor: Seven’s Home and Away beats the sinking reality dating series in the ratings amid rumours the Channel 10 show is going to be axed

The sinking ship that is The Bachelor has hit a new low – being beaten by Home and Away for the most watched entertainment program in the ratings.  

On Thursday night, audiences were more interested in seeing the drama unfold on Summer Bay rather than the reality dating show.

The long-running soap, which airs three episodes on Thursday nights, drew in 602,000 viewers, TV Blackbox reported.

A new low for The Bachelor: The sinking reality dating series fell far behind in the ratings on Thursday night as Channel Seven soap Home and Away beat the Channel 10 program 

Channel 10 failed to bring in the numbers as Jimmy Nicholson did the all important hometown visits with his top four ladies on The Bachelor. 

It was watched by just 470,000 people across the five city metro – a stark contrast to the reality show’s heyday when over a million would tune in.

The once-dominant reality show has been plagued by rumours it will be axed as it continues to suffer record low ratings, with season nine averaging just 421,000 metro viewers a night.

Drama: The long-running soap, which airs three episodes on Thursday nights, drew in 602,000 viewers, by the end of the one of a half only 522,000 managed to stick around. Pictured is Ray Meagher as Alf Stewart

Drama: The long-running soap, which airs three episodes on Thursday nights, drew in 602,000 viewers, by the end of the one of a half only 522,000 managed to stick around. Pictured is Ray Meagher as Alf Stewart

Still on top! Despite the loss of about 80,000, the Channel Seven still came out on top in contrast to the biggest ratings loser of the evening's entertainment offerings. Pictured left to right are Home and Away stars Patrick O'Connor and Harley Bonner

Still on top! Despite the loss of about 80,000, the Channel Seven still came out on top in contrast to the biggest ratings loser of the evening’s entertainment offerings. Pictured left to right are Home and Away stars Patrick O’Connor and Harley Bonner

Channel 10 deny claims The Bachelor is being axed as the show continues to record the lowest ratings in the franchise’s eight-year history.

A well-placed insider told Daily Mail Australia the program’s future hangs in the balance as viewers tune out in favour of other reality dating shows. 

The series will ‘inevitably’ be cancelled, they said, if Brooke Blurton’s upcoming season of The Bachelorette doesn’t see a significant boost in ratings.

Bachelor franchise star Abbie Chatfield, 26, recently offered her thoughts on why this season has performed so badly in the ratings.

Poor numbers: Channel 10 failed to bring in the numbers with 470,000 across the five city metro tuning in to watch Jimmy Nicholson's hometown visits with his top four ladies. Pictured is Jimmy with Carlie Hodges on their date

Poor numbers: Channel 10 failed to bring in the numbers with 470,000 across the five city metro tuning in to watch Jimmy Nicholson’s hometown visits with his top four ladies. Pictured is Jimmy with Carlie Hodges on their date

Headed for the chopping block? The once-dominant reality show has been plagued by rumours it will be axed as it continues to suffer record low ratings with season nine is averaging just 421,000 metro viewers. Pictured is Jimmy and Brooke Cleal

Headed for the chopping block? The once-dominant reality show has been plagued by rumours it will be axed as it continues to suffer record low ratings with season nine is averaging just 421,000 metro viewers. Pictured is Jimmy and Brooke Cleal

She insisted Jimmy wasn’t to blame for the failure, but rather the problem was casting two dozen women remotely via Zoom.

‘If I’m being honest – Channel 10 might kill me for this – but maybe it’s [because] the casting process was ruined by Covid,’ she told Hit Hobart’s Jimmy and Nath on Tuesday. 

She also noted that the show was ‘slow to start’, which may have caused viewers to tune out after the first few episodes.

Hot take: Bachelor franchise star Abbie Chatfield recently offered her thoughts on why The Bachelor has performed so badly in the ratings this year. She insisted Jimmy wasn't to blame for the failure, but rather the problem was casting two dozen women remotely via Zoom

Hot take: Bachelor franchise star Abbie Chatfield recently offered her thoughts on why The Bachelor has performed so badly in the ratings this year. She insisted Jimmy wasn’t to blame for the failure, but rather the problem was casting two dozen women remotely via Zoom

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