The dog days of summer wear on. “The Bachelorette” chose a lifemate last night on ABC, and 8.43 million viewers watched, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. The culmination of JoJo and Jordan’s courtship drew a 2.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Both numbers are improvements over the 2015 finale of “The Bachelorette,” which weighed in with 8.1 million viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, and was itself up 20% in the demo from the previous cycle.
Most of last night’s viewers stuck around to watch the “After the Final Rose” dish session at 10 p.m., too — 8.07 million of them, with a 2.3 demo rating. Spoiler alert: If any of those tuning in were hoping for some sort of glimpse of Jordan Rodgers’ older brother Aaron — the Green Bay Packers’ all-star quarterback — or a deeper exploration of the apparent rift between the two, they were in for a disappointing evening.
Not ABC execs, though, as those numbers were enough to propel ABC far beyond its broadcast competitors. “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC drew 5.76 million viewers and a 1.6 demo; the premiere of the third season of “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” notched a 1.1 demo rating and 3.24 million viewers, down a tenth of a point in the demo from the previous premiere. Fox’s fading “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” drew a 0.7 in the demo and 2.67 million viewers. CBS and The CW were in repeats.