‘Under the Dome’ Rises Monday; ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Opens OK

There wasn’t a whole lot of ratings movement for the original broadcast programs on Monday, but CBS’ “Under the Dome” was the only show to rise week to week. Fox’s “MasterChef” and NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” led the night in young adults — in line with their week-ago season highs — while ABC did OK with the series premiere of “Bachelor in Paradise.”

According to preliminary “live plus same-day” national estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened with repeats of comedies “2 Broke Girls” (0.9 rating/3 share in adults 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), “Mom” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), “Mike & Molly” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), followed by firstrun drama “Under the Dome” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall). “Dome” was up a tick from the 1.5 of the previous two weeks, placing second for its hour to NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” in 18-49 and 25-54 while ruling as the night’s most-watched program overall.

In the most recent Live+7 numbers (for the week of July 14-20), “Under the Dome” rose 1.3 ratings points in adults 18-49 while “MasterChef” gained 0.8 and “American Ninja Warrior” came up just 0.3. If that pattern holds true, “Dome” and “MasterChef” will be in a tight battle for bragging rights as last night’s most popular show among young adults with all same-week DVR playback counted.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and “American Ninja Warrior” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) were both down a tick from last week but looking like they could round up in the nationals to match last week; “Ninja” won its time period in key demos and was up sharply from the 1.4 it did with an hourlong episode from 8 to 9 a year ago.

“Running Wild,” which featured Ben Stiller testing his survival skills, is the summer’s top new reality series through its first two weeks.

NBC tied with Fox for the night’s 18-49 lead, with Fox’s “MasterChef” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) down a tick from its 18-49 season high of last week but standing as the top-rated program of the night in the prelims; its 2.0 handily beat NBC’s “Running Wild” and ABC’s “Bachelor” (both at 1.3) head to head. And at 9 p.m., “Hotel Hell” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) was down two tenths week to week (though it could round up to a 1.5).

At ABC, the series premiere of “Bachelor in Paradise” averaged a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 5.0 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., down a little from last year’s bow of similar spinoff “Bachelor Pad” in the same time period. It was on par with NBC’s “Running Wild” during its first hour (1.3) and in line with Fox’s “Hotel Hell” at 9 (1.4); and in total viewers, it won its two-hour slot. Closing the night, “Mistresses” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) returned after last week’s preemption, down a smidge from its prior original.

CW continues to get good results from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” at 8 (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), with an encore behind it faring just about as well (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC and Fox, 1.7/6; Univision, 1.5/5; ABC and CBS, 1.2/4; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.1 million; NBC, 5.0 million; Fox, 4.6 million; ABC, 4.5 million; Univision, 3.5 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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