Ridges' strong send-off

Reality stars secure high ratings for finale

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 12:52 18/10/2012
The Ridges, Sally Ridge, Jaime Ridge
Amanda Midgley / Fairfax NZ
THE RIDGES: Almost 300,000 people tuned in for the season finale last night.

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Last night's finale of home-grown reality show The Ridges saw a ratings comeback as more than 300,000 people tuned in to watch Jaime Ridge deal to The GC star Rosanna Arkle in the boxing ring.

TV3 spokeswoman Rachel Lorimer said an average of 309,600 people watched the episode.

"In TV3's target demographic - 25-54 year olds - 167,700 tuned in, representing an average rating of 9.5 and a share of 22.6 per cent," she said. "The episode was our third biggest show of the night, and helped TV3 win the night (we had the biggest primetime audience in both 25-54 and 18-49, which are the two important commercial demographics."

Official TV3 figures had the ratings for last night's show slightly higher than what was estimated on ratings website Throng.

According to Throng, viewership for the sixth and final episode rose by 139 per cent from it's lowest rated episode last week.

Its debut episode drew in 325,130 viewers.

Throng said ratings for The Ridges took a dive, losing almost 80,000 viewers after that first week when it was the most watched show on TV3.

"But the season finale saw an incredible bounce, drawing an average audience of 291,310, making it TV3′s second most watched show of the night," Throng said.

The reality show was second only to 3 News, which had 365,750 viewers.

Last night's episode of The Ridges saw Jaime's gruelling training schedule finally come to a head for her fight with Arkle in a celebrity boxing match.

While many already knew the outcome of the match, which was held in July, it didn't stop them tuning in to find out what happened behind the scenes and the show was trending on Twitter by the late hours of yesterday evening.

TV3 spokeswoman Rachel Lorrimer said it was too soon to say whether there would be a season two.

"We usually wait until the show is completely wrapped up, and then we will evaluate."

Lorrimer said TV3 was "delighted" with how the show went.

"The series as a whole has performed really well, and we gave it an hour long finale because the show deserved it."

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