Ratings: NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Tops Monday With Five-Week High

American Ninja Warrior Ratings NBC
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NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” emerged as Monday’s top draw among young adults for the first time in five weeks, edging past ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in what has been one of summer’s most competitive timeslot battles.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “American Ninja Warrior” averaged a 2.0 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., up 0.2 from last week for its best performance since June 8. It won its time period in 18-49, 25-54 (2.4/7) and all key male demos. For the summer, “Ninja Warrior” is up vs. last year by 17% in 18-49 (2.1 vs. 1.8) and 29% in total viewers (7.1 million vs. 5.5 million) in Nielsen’s “most current” estimates.

Capping the winning night for NBC was “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), which won its hour among the broadcasters in 18-49. The 1.2 would match last week’s premiere score, though there’s a good chance it will be revised down to a 1.1 in the nationals.

At ABC, “The Bachelorette” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) was a close second in 18-49, while winning outright in 18-34 (1.8/8), total viewers and key female demos. In both adults 18-34 and women 18-34 (2.8/11), this was the top-rated “Men Tell All” edition of “The Bachelorette” in five years. Compared with last year, Monday’s episode was up 6% (0.1) in 18-49.

At 10 p.m., “The Whispers” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) held steady. In Live+3, last week’s episode grew 42% in 18-49 (to 1.33).

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” held steady (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) but continues to lag well behind its tough reality competitors “American Ninja Warrior” and “The Bachelorette.” It was down a tenth from the comparable week a year ago (1.1 on a Wednesday).

At CW, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) remains the net’s top-rated summer series, within 6% of last week (0.51 vs. 0.54). Not holding up as well week to week were “Whose Line Is It Anyway” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall) and “Cedric’s Barber Battle” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall), with the former down 28% in 18-49 (0.38 vs. 0.53) and the latter a big 42% below its previous week’s season-best rating (0.21 vs. 0.36).

CBS served up more repeats of “2 Broke Girls” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), “Mike & Molly” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), “Scorpion” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.7/6; ABC, 1.6/5; Fox, 1.0/3; CBS, 0.8/3; Univision, 0.7/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 5.8 million; NBC, 5.5 million; CBS, 4.9 million; Fox, 3.2 million; Univision, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 1.6 million; CW, 1.5 million.

    TV Ratings Monday, July 20, 2015
    18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    American Ninja Warrior

    (8:00 NBC)

    6.5 Million Viewers
  2. 2.

    The Bachelorette

    (8:00 ABC)

    6.9 Million Viewers
  3. 3.

    Running Wild with Bear Grylls

    (10:00 NBC)

    3.5 Million Viewers
  4. 4.

    So You Think You Can Dance

    (8:00 Fox)

    3.2 Million Viewers
  5. 5.

    Mike & Molly-r

    (8:30 CBS)

    4.8 Million Viewers

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