It's official: Australians have fallen for Sophie Monk

Sophie Monk is the new Bachelorette. Photo: Network Ten
Sophie Monk is the new Bachelorette. Photo: Network Ten

Australia has fallen in love with Sophie Monk all over again, more than a decade after she first appeared on Australian television screens.

The Bachelorette's third season debuted with 1.22 million viewers nationally, the biggest audience for any Australian version of The Bachelor or Bachelorette to date.

The Block was the most-watched non-news program of the night with 1.026 million but The Bachelorette came a close second with a metropolitan audience of 952,000.

The first night numbers might have been very different had Sophie Monk not had her way in the first place.

Speaking to 2DayFM's Em Rusciano and Harley Breen on Thursday morning, she revealed Ten didn't ask her to star in the reality TV show. Instead, she joked that she "begged" to be on the program.

"It was like a week of talking," she said. "I went to them. They didn't want me! I said to them, please? How desperate - they didn't even ask me. I begged. I flew myself and everything."

Monk has previously talked about how she felt ill on the first day of filming and second-guessed whether she should have agreed to star in the dating show at all.

It appears the risk has paid off, with her honesty and dry sense of humour delivering Ten it's biggest ever Bachelorette launch.

This story It's official: Australians have fallen for Sophie Monk first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.