‘Bachelorette’ Closes Lower; ‘Running Wild’ Solid in Premiere

The Bachelorette Ratings ABC

ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” which had been tracking lower all summer, concluded its season down about 20% in young adults from last year on Monday, but the net still won the night. Elsewhere,  NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” and Fox’s “MasterChef” held strong, and the Peacock’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” opened to pretty good numbers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC won Monday in key demos and total viewers behind the two-hour season finale of “The Bachelorette” (1.9 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) and the special that followed, “The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall). While the dating show delivered its best numbers of the summer, the night of “Bachelorette” programming was down vs. last year by 23% in 18-49 (2.0 vs. 2.6) and by 11% in total viewers (7.7 million vs. 8.7 million), and this was the lowest-rated finale of the franchise to date.

“The Bachelor in Paradise” premieres next week on ABC.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” had a fairly good opening (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) opposite tough, established reality competition on ABC and Fox — becoming summer’s No. 2 reality premiere in 18-49 (a tick behind ABC’s “Rising Star”). “Running Wild,” which featured Zac Efron out in the wilderness with the famed adventurer and survivalist, built in its second half-hour (1.5 vs. 1.3 in 18-49) and came within a tenth of last year’s premiere of “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls,” which aired at 9 p.m. and benefited from an “American Ninja Warrior” lead-in.

Last night, “Ninja Warrior” hit a two-year high in 18-49 (2.1/6, 5.8 million viewers overall), running neck and neck with “The Bachelorette” in 18-49 while ruling its time period in key male demos. It was up 11% week to week (2.1 vs. 1.9).

At Fox, “MasterChef” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) was down a smidge from its season high of last week, winning the 8 o’clock hour in 18-49. And “Hotel Hell” followed (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), equaling its week-ago premiere.

CBS saw “Under the Dome” stabilize (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), matching its low set last week. It followed repeat comedies on the net, with “2 Broke Girls,” “Mom,” “Mike & Molly” and “Two and a Half Men” all earning the identical 0.9/3 score in 18-49.

CW’s telecast of the 2014 “Young Hollywood Awards” settled for a 0.3/1 in 18-49 (on par with last year) and about 800,000 total viewers from 8 to 10. It didn’t connect with teens and young adults, netting a mere 0.2/1 among persons 12-34.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.0/6; NBC and Fox, 1.8/6; Univision, 1.4/4; CBS, 1.1/4; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 7.7 million; NBC, 5.4 million; CBS, 5.0 million; Fox, 4.8 million; Univision, 3.4 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 0.8 million.


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  1. Mitch says:

    These are dreadful ratings, just terrible.

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