After a record-breaking run by Channel Nine’s Married At First Sight, it was predicted that Network Ten’s Bachelor In Paradise would follow suit.
OzTAM figures reveal a mere 553,000 metro viewers across the five major capital cities tuned in for the reality program’s first episode – down 150,000 from last year.
The Bachelor spin-off fell behind Channel Seven’s already-struggling series My Kitchen Rules (854,000) and Home and Away (666,000).
Seven’s afternoon game show The Chase Australia even managed to beat Bachelor In Paradise with 602,000 metro viewers.
Despite the lacklustre ratings, Channel Ten’s head of programming Daniel Monaghan is “thrilled” with the show’s 2019 debut.
“Bachelor In Paradise is back and we’re thrilled to return as the number one show in under 50s for the night,” he said in a statement.
“Once again, it fulfilled its promise to be the noisiest show on social media, trending number one in Australia and number five worldwide.”
Despite the show’s success socially, it’s unlikely the show will reach Married At First Sight’s 2019 finale episode record, which saw a whopping 1,968,000 viewers tuning in.
Bachelor In Paradise continues tonight at 7.30PM on Network Ten.