'Dating in the Dark' stays strong in ratings

ABC’s fifth season of “The Bachelorette” wrapped a winner on Monday, as the show’s two-hour finale achieved summer highs and dominated each of its half-hours in demos. The net also got another winning performance from “Dating in the Dark,” which prevailed in the evening’s final hour.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “The Bachelorette” averaged a projected 3.5 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 10 million viewers overall from 8 to 10:02 p.m., rising about 25% above the previous week’s score and in line with its fourth-season finale of last summer. The dating show concluded with a convincing victory in all key categories at 9:30 p.m., racking up a 4.2/11 in 18-49 and 11.5 million viewers overall.

And closing out the night, new alternative series “Dating in the Dark” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) was in line with its premiere of the previous week to win in key demo categories.

CBS was runner-up on Monday, led by the middle-hour comedy combo of “Two and a Half Men” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) and “The Big Bang Theory” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall); if these numbers hold, this would mark the first time that “Big Bang” has built on its “Men” lead-in among adults 18-49. Also for the Eye net, “How I Met Your Mother” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), “Rules of Engagement” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and “CSI: MIami” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) all put up typically solid repeat numbers.

Fox was nothing special on this night with repeats of “House” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and “Lie to Me” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), although the net must be pleased to see the rookie latter show retain all of its lead-in from the veteran medical series.

NBC, meanwhile, was barely a blip on the radar with alternative series “Great American Road Trip” (1.0/3 in 18-49, million viewers overall) and news programs “The Wanted” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) and “Dateline” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.1/9; CBS, 2.1/6; Fox and Univision, 1.4/4; NBC, 0.8/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 8.7 million; CBS, 7.3 million; Fox, 4.2 million; Univision, 3.4 million; NBC, 3.2 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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