Lisa Wilkinson shamelessly plugs The Bachelor onto The Project – after a dip in ratings kijk

Lisa Wilkinson of The Project ‘thinks’ The Bachelor’s final season is ‘the best ever’ – after show premiere flopped in ratings

The Bachelor delivered horrendous ratings for its Wednesday night season premiere, 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 as she gave the dating show a spicy plug during her performance on The Project.

“I call this early guys, I think this is the Bachelor’s best series ever,” she excitedly told the audience after the Channel Ten panel show played a package of highlights from the night before.

‘I call these early boys’: Lisa Wilkinson of The Project [pictured] ‘thinks’ The Bachelor’s final season is ‘the best ever’ — after show premiere slumped in ratings

The Warner Brothers-produced show returned to Channel 10 on Wednesday evening, achieving its lowest first-episode ratings since the show premiered in 2013.

Season nine’s debut was decimated by the finale of Seven’s Farmer Wants a Wife, which won the 7:30 p.m. timeslot and took the season’s best ratings.

The country-themed dating show had a metro audience of 853,000, nearly doubling the premiere of The Bachelor.

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

Taking a gamble:

Taking a gamble: “I call this early guys, I think this is the best Bachelor series ever,” Lisa, 61, excitedly told the audience on Thursday night. In the photo: Jimmy Nicholson

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

However, it was beaten squarely by Nine and Seven in all other major demographics.

The disappointing results caused Channel 10 to drop to a viewership of just 17.5 percent for the evening.

Win: The season nine debut was decimated by the finale of Seven's Farmer Wants a Wife, which won the 7:30 p.m. timeslot and took the season's best ratings.  The country-themed dating show had a metro audience of 853,000, nearly doubling the premiere of The Bachelor.  Pictured: Farmer Will Dwyer and Jaimee

Win: The season nine debut was decimated by the finale of Seven’s Farmer Wants a Wife, which won the 7:30 p.m. timeslot and took the season’s best ratings. The country-themed dating show had a metro audience of 853,000, nearly doubling the premiere of The Bachelor. Pictured: Farmer Will Dwyer and Jaimee

Seven came out on top with 34.4 percent, mainly thanks to the warm reception for Boer seeks Vrouw en Thuis en Weg, which had 647,000 metro viewers.

Nine moved into second place with a market share of 25.1 percent.

The Bachelor continues on Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30 PM on Channel Ten

Get ready for touchdown: The Bachelor continues on Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30 PM on Ten

Get ready for touchdown: The Bachelor continues on Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30 PM on Ten

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