ABC wins night; Fox's cooking contests second

One year after an especially strong season, ABC’s ”The Bachelorette” ended its current edition on the low side but still lifted the net to victory in key demos. Fox was a solid second with its cooking contests.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s ”The Bachelorette” averaged a 2.7/8 in 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., up about 10% vs. last week but down about 25% from last season’s lofty levels. After finishing in a virtual tie with Fox’s ”Hell’s Kitchen” during Monday’s opening hour, ”The Bachelorette” surged to the lead in its second hour, peaking with a 3.2/8 in 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers overall from 9:30 to 10. Following the finale, ”The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) easily led the 10 o’clock hour, and was also down about 25% from last year’s similar special.

Fox’s ”Hell’s Kitchen” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and ”MasterChef” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) were both down a bit vs. their most recent originals, likely affected by the stronger showing for ABC from 8 to 10.

Univision had a strong night as well with its two hour grand finale of ”Triunfo Del Amor” (Triumph of Love), which averaged a 1.9/6 in 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 10. It placed third in adults 18-49 and second to ABC in adults 18-34 (1.9/6).

CBS didn’t do much with repeats of ”How I Met Your Mother” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), ”Mike and Molly” at a special time (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), ”Two and a Half Men” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and ”Mike and Molly” in its usual timeslot (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall). At 10, an encore episode of ”Hawaii Five-0” settled for a 0.9/3 in 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall.

NBC was a non-factor with its repeats of ”America’s Got Talent” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), ”Law and Order: Criminal Intent” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and ”Harry’s Law” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.7/8; Fox, 2.3/7; Univision, 1.7/5; CBS, 1.1/3; NBC, 0.7/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 9.4 million; Fox, 5.4 million; CBS, 4.4 million; Univision, 4.1 million; CW, 0.5 million.

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