×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

CBS wins night as ‘Bachelor’ declines

ABC reality stalwart down 18% in season premiere

Could “The Bachelor” phenomenon be fading?

Monday’s season premiere of the longtime ABC reality skein — now in its 16th cycle — drew a 2.4 rating/6 share in the 18-49 demo, according to early estimates from Nielsen. In total viewers, the show attracted 7.7 million.

Compared to the season premiere a year ago, the demo is down 18% and about 1.3 less viewers were watching Monday night.

Granted, there was college football bowl games that might have brought over some viewers from broadcast to cable — the runover from the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl were both on ESPN in primetime — but a majority of those football viewers were men, and “The Bachelor” is clearly a female-skewing program.

With “The Bachelor” down, CBS had little problem taking the night. As a matter of fact, four Eye comedies and a drama were the top five shows Monday and captured every timeslot.

CBS built on every half-hour, from 8 o’clock to 9:30 p.m. “How I Met Your Mother” (3.9/9, 10.2m) and “2 Broke Girls” (4.3/10, 12m) led into the evening’s top program, “Two and a Half Men” (4.4/10, 13.7m).

There was a slight drop-off for “Mike & Molly” (3.8/9, 11.9m) before CBS closed the night with “Hawaii Five-0” (2.9/7, 11.7m).

On the bright side for ABC, the net can be happy that the debut of “Celebrity Wife Swap” drew an identical 2.4/6 as “The Bachelor,” meaning there was no demo drop-off at 10 o’clock. However, the 6.2 million tuning in meant a 1.5 million decrease in total viewers from “The Bachelor.”

NBC aired all original programming, and best for the Peacock was the 9 p.m. “Fear Factor” (2.4/5, 5.9m), which grew 23% from its first half-hour to its second. Lead-in “Who’s Still Standing” (1.5/3, 5.5m) and lead-out “Rock Center With Brian Williams” (1.2/3, 3.8m) were no match for CBS and ABC. All three shows were consistent with their last original airings in late December.

Fox opted to go with a pair of “House” repeats (1.2/3, 3.6m and 3.8m) while CW aired reruns of “The Secret Circle” (0.3/1, 992,000 and 790,000).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.7/9; ABC, 2.4/6; NBC, 1.7/4; Univision, 1.6/4; Fox, 1.2/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.9 million; ABC, 7.2 million; NBC, 5.1 million; Univision, 3.7 million; Fox, 3.7 million; CW, 891,000.

More TV

  • RENT: Top L-R to Bottom L-R:

    TV Shows to Watch the Week of Jan. 21, 2019: 'Rent: Live,' 'Celebrity Big Brother'

    Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Rent: Live” airs on Fox and “Celebrity Big Brother” returns for a second [...]

  • Black Monday: How Showtime Dusted Off

    'Black Monday': How Showtime Dusted Off An Old '80s Logo For Its New Comedy

    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug, but you’re not seeing things: That, indeed is Showtime’s old 1980s-era logo pasted all over marketing materials and promos for “Black Monday,” a tongue-in-cheek tale of the excesses exhibited by Wall Street traders in the lead-up to the stock market crash of 1987. The logo, which hasn’t been in [...]

  • 'Russian Doll' Review

    TV Review: 'Russian Doll'

    This is a particularly tricky review to write, but not because the merits of “Russian Doll” are at all ambiguous. On the contrary, the show is so striking and smart that I made a note to include it on my favorite TV shows of 2019 immediately after blowing through the season — which is saying [...]

  • Black Earth Rising Review

    TV Review: 'Black Earth Rising'

    Bringing to bear a talented cast on a story of real geopolitical significance, “Black Earth Rising,” Netflix’s drama about the long-tail aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, would seem to have had the potential to be one of 2019’s early television successes. Which makes its falling short all the more painful and pronounced. The show, previously [...]

  • DIRTY JOHN -- "This Young Woman

    'Dirty John' Finale Hits New Ratings Highs in Live+3

    The Season 1 finale of “Dirty John” on Bravo continued the scripted show’s ratings hot streak in Live+3. The finale, which aired on Jan. 13, grew to 3.3 million viewers in delayed viewing with 1.3 million of those falling in the key adults 18-49 demographic. That is up 10% in total viewers and 15% in [...]

  • Sky and Warner Bros. Alums Join

    Sky and Warner Bros. Alums Join ITV-Backed Production Company Possessed

    Former Sky One and Sky Living programming chief Adam MacDonald has joined Possessed, and will be the ITV-owned production banner’s first chair. The U.K.-based unscripted producer has also hired Lesley Davies, former head of international production at Warner Bros. She will head up production. The double hires follow a recommission  of gameshow “5 Gold Rings,” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content