Auds continue love affair with 'Bachlorette'

ABC has captured its eighth straight summer Monday behind the “Men Tell All” edition of “The Bachelorette” and a special “20/20″ devoted to the “Bachelor” franchise. CBS again placed second among the major nets with its all-repeat lineup.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “The Bachelorette: Men Tell All” averaged a 2.8 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., below what recent regular episodes of the series have averaged, but ahead in total viewers over last year’s comparable “Tell All” edition. It was followed by the special “20/20: The Stories Behind the Rose” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), which matched the delivery of last week’s “True Beauty” finale in the time period.

CBS aired repeats of its regular comedies, doing OK in the opening hour with “How I Met Your Mother” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “Rules of Engagement” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) before rising from 9 to 10 p.m. with “Two and a Half Men” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and “The Big Bang Theory” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall). And closing things out, a repeat of “CSI: Miami” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) was neck and neck with original programming on both ABC and NBC.

NBC opened with a repeat of “America’s Got Talent” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), followed by “Last Comic Standing” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), which was up a tick week to week but continues to generate only so-so numbers. And the Peacock net was above average at 10 p.m. with “Dateline” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall).

At Fox, both “Lie to Me” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and “Good Guys” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) were down a bit week to week.

Univision took the night among adults 18-34 (2.2/8), led by 9 p.m. telenovela “Soy Tu Duena.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.5/8; Univision, 2.0/6; CBS, 1.9/6; NBC, 1.5/5; Fox, 1.3/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 7.9 million; CBS, 6.5 million; NBC, 4.9 million; Univision, 4.7 million; Fox, 4.5 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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