Based on the original Spanish series and starring Demian Bichir, Eva Longoria and Roselyn Sanchez, “Grand Hotel” provides an upstairs/downstairs look at the scandals and secrets of both the Mendoza family and the staff that works for them. The series premiere scored a middling 0.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and only 3.7 million viewers, despite a solid lead-in provided by “The Bachelorette.”
For comparison, that’s the same figure that “The Fix” premiered to earlier this year. That show went on to average a 0.48 rating across its first season and was canceled by ABC as a result. “Whiskey Cavalier,” another ABC freshman show, debuted to a 0.8 and 4.7 million viewers and was also later canceled. However, the premiere’s total is roughly the same as that of “The Proposal,” which debuted to a 0.8 and 3.8 million viewers in the same slot last year.
“The Bachelorette” was the highest rated show on Monday night with a 1.5 rating and 5.5 million total viewers, beating out NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” in the 8 p.m. time slot (the latter scored a 0.9 rating and 4.75 million viewers). “Dateline” posted a 0.7 rating, while the Jamie Foxx’s “Beat Shazam” game show came in at a 0.6 for Fox.
Overall, ABC still comfortably came out on top on Monday with a 1.2 average rating across the night, compared to 0.8 for NBC, 0.5 for Fox, and 0.4 for CBS, which aired re-runs.