Monday Ratings: ‘Bachelorette’ Premiere, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Lift ABC

UPDATED WITH FINALS: NBC’s performance finale of “The Voice” took a back seat to ABC’s “The Bachelorette” premiere on Monday, as the dating show opened well and was the top series draw among young adults as the Alphabet won the night.

ESPN had the top program overall in 18-49 on Monday with Game 4 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors (2.5/8 in 18-49, 6.14 million viewers overall).

Looking at the night’s broadcast action, according to final national estimates from Nielsen, the 12th edition of “The Bachelorette” bowed with a 2.0 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 6.63 million viewers overall from 9 to 11 p.m., standing as the night’s top series in 18-49 and within a tick of its year-ago premiere; in a first, it built by a tenth on “Dancing With the Stars.” It also was easily Monday’s No. 1 broadcast in adults 18-34 (2.0/8).

NBC’s “The Voice” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 10.25 million viewers overall) was off just slightly week to week but down 23% from its performance on the comparable night a year ago. The show, which will be adding new judges Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys in the fall, could really use a youth jolt right about now; its 1.2 rating in adults 18-34 put it behind “Dancing With the Stars” (1.5) head to head.

Closing the night, “Blindspot” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.85 million viewers overall) was steady week to week. The show, which moves to Wednesdays in the fall, will finish as easily the season’s No. 1-rated new series in 18-49.

At Fox, “Gotham” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.62 million viewers overall) was down a tenth week to week for its finale, but was off a rather steep 29% (0.5) from its year-ago closer. “Houdini & Doyle” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.61 million viewers overall) remains low-rated, but has been pretty steady.

CBS had a pretty good showing opening the night with a special “Survivor”-themed edition of daytime gameshow “The Price Is Right” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.22 million viewers overall), which edged out “Gotham” in 18-49. Without a comedy lead-in, though, “The Odd Couple” sunk to lows with a pair of episodes at 9 (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.52 million viewers overall) and 9:30 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.47 million viewers overall).  And at 10, “Person of Interest” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.49 million viewers overall) matched last week’s score and ran third among the broadcasters for its hour.

CW was about average opening the night with “Reign” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.95 million viewers overall). But it was above average in the 9 o’clock hour with back-to-back episodes of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.29 million viewers overall at 9; 0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.47 million viewers overall).

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