Ratings: NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Tops Monday; ABC’s ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Rises

Despite rising scores from ABC’s competing “Bachelor in Paradise,” NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” dominated Monday’s ratings action, rising week to week in key demos while setting a series high in total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “American Ninja Warrior” (2.0 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) was up a tick vs. the show’s prior two telecasts, standing as the night’s No. 1 show in 18-49, 25-54 (2.6/8) and all key male demos. In total viewers (pending updates), this would be the largest ever audience for “Warrior,” up about 100,000 from its previous high set with its June 8 season premiere. Heading into last night, “Ninja Warrior” was up 10% summer to date in 18-49 (2.2 vs. 2.0 in “most current” estimates) and up 23% in total viewers (7.1 million vs. 5.8 million).

Closing out Monday for NBC, “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) was up a tenth for the third straight week, drawing nearly as many young adults as its combined ABC-CBS competition in the 10 o’clock hour.

At ABC, “Bachelor in Paradise” (1.5/6 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) grew 0.2 from last week to match a series high in the demo, while standing as Monday’s No. 1 show in women 18-34 (2.2/9) and women 18-49 (2.3/8). It was followed by talkshow “After Paradise” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), which was steady week to week, and drama “The Whispers” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), which was down a tenth to its low.

At CW, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) matched its second best demo score to date while drawing its largest-ever overall audience (pending updates); the network hasn’t drawn a larger audience in the Monday 8 p.m. hour since “One Tree Hill” in the fall of 2009. “Whose Line Is It Anyway” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) followed by matching or setting season highs in several categories, and comedy “Significant Mother” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) held at last week’s premiere rating.

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) held steady in 18-49 and was up some in total viewers.

CBS aired repeats of “2 Broke Girls” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), “The Odd Couple” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), “Scorpion” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.8/6; ABC, 1.0/3; CBS and Fox, 0.9/3; Univision and Telemundo, 0.7/2; CW, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 6.0 million; CBS, 5.3 million; ABC, 3.7 million; Fox, 3.4 million; Univision, 1.9 million; CW, 1.6 million.

    TV Ratings Monday, August 11, 2015
    18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    American Ninja Warrior

    (8:00 NBC)

    7.0 Million Viewers
    2.0/7
  2. 2.

    Bachelor in Paradise

    (8:00 ABC)

    5.0 Million Viewers
    1.5/6
  3. 3.

    Running Wild with Bear Grylls

    (10:00 NBC)

    4.0 Million Viewers
    1.4/5
  4. 4.

    2 Broke Girls-r

    (8:00 CBS)

    5.0 Million Viewers
    0.9/4
  5. 4.

    NCIS: Los Angeles-r

    (10:00 CBS)

    6.1 Million Viewers
    0.9/3

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