Lisa Wilkinson shamelessly plugs The Bachelor on The Project – after ratings dive

The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson ‘reckons’ the latest season of The Bachelor ‘is the best ever’ – after the show’s premiere bellyflopped in the ratings

The Bachelor delivered abysmal ratings for its season premiere on Wednesday night, with a metro audience of 482,000 viewers.

But on Thursday, Lisa Wilkinson told fans that Jimmy Nicholson’s season will be one of the best when she gave the dating show a spirited plug during her appearance on The Project.

‘I’m calling this early guys, I reckon this is the best series of the Bachelor ever,’ she excitedly told audiences after the Channel Ten panel show played a package of highlights from the night before.   

‘I’m calling this early guys’: The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson [pictured] ‘reckons’ the latest season of The Bachelor ‘is the best ever’ – after the show’s premiere bellyflopped in the ratings

The Warner Brothers produced show returned to Channel 10 on Wednesday night and delivered its lowest first-episode ratings since the show premiered in 2013. 

The season nine debut was decimated by the finale of Seven’s Farmer Wants a Wife, which won the 7:30pm time slot and recorded its best ratings of the season.  

The rural-themed dating show had a metro audience of 853,000, almost doubling that of The Bachelor premiere. 

The ratings for pilot Jimmy Nicholson’s first episode were so bad, even a repeat of Hard Quiz on the ABC triumphed in the numbers. 

Taking a punt: 'I'm calling this early guys, I reckon this is the best series of the Bachelor ever,' Lisa, 61, excitedly told audiences on Thursday night. Pictured: Jimmy Nicholson

Taking a punt: ‘I’m calling this early guys, I reckon this is the best series of the Bachelor ever,’ Lisa, 61, excitedly told audiences on Thursday night. Pictured: Jimmy Nicholson 

The Bachelor’s only saving grace was that it dominated the 16-39 demographic with 214,000 viewers.

However, it was squarely defeated by Nine and Seven in all the other key demographics.

The disappointing results sunk Channel 10 to an audience share of just 17.5 per cent for the evening. 

Victory: The season nine debut was decimated by the finale of Seven's Farmer Wants a Wife, which won the 7:30pm time slot and recorded its best ratings of the season. The rural-themed dating show had a metro audience of 853,000, almost doubling that of The Bachelor premiere. Pictured: Farmer Will Dwyer and Jaimee

Victory: The season nine debut was decimated by the finale of Seven’s Farmer Wants a Wife, which won the 7:30pm time slot and recorded its best ratings of the season. The rural-themed dating show had a metro audience of 853,000, almost doubling that of The Bachelor premiere. Pictured: Farmer Will Dwyer and Jaimee

Seven came out on top with 34.4 per cent, mainly thanks to the warm reception for Farmer Wants a Wife and Home and Away, which had 647,000 metro viewers.  

Nine slid into second place with a 25.1 per cent audience share. 

The Bachelor continues Wednesday, July 28 at 7.30pm on Channel Ten 

Prepare for touchdown: The Bachelor continues Wednesday, July 28 at 7.30pm on Ten

Prepare for touchdown: The Bachelor continues Wednesday, July 28 at 7.30pm on Ten 

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