Monday Ratings: 'Bachelorette' leads ABC, 'Fool Us' returns strong for The CW
It didn't get much help from "The Whispers," but "The Bachelorette" delivered Monday's top performance in all measures and helped carry ABC to narrow Monday victories over "American Ninja Warrior"-driven NBC.
Monday also saw an unimpressive finale for NBC's "The Island," as well as a strong return for the premiere of The CW's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" and a slight uptick for the Top 20 reveal on "So You Think You Can Dance."
[Expect those "Penn & Teller" numbers to dip a little, since The CW had baseball preemptions in several markets, including Chicago.]
Let's get to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.6 rating for Monday night, followed closely by NBC's 1.5 rating in the key demographic. There was a drop to FOX's 1.0 key demo rating and the 0.8 key demo rating for CBS, while The CW did a 0.5 key demo rating for Monday.
Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 5.78 million viewers and a 3.8 rating/7 share for Monday primetime. NBC was second with 5.24 million viewers and a 3.0/5, followed by The CW's 4.93 million viewers and 3.3/6. FOX averaged 3.36 million viewers and a 2.1/4, followed by The CW's summer-best 1.52 million viewers and 0.9/2.
8 p.m. - "The Bachelorette" started primetime in first for ABC with 6.84 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" averaged 5.81 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating for second in the 8 p.m. hour. Repeats of CBS' "2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly" averaged 4.59 million viewers for third and a 0.8 key demo rating for fourth, compared to the 3.48 million viewers and 1.0 key demo rating for FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance." The second season premiere of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" averaged 1.8 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - The 9 p.m. hour for "The Bachelorette" rose a hair to 7.005 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 to keep ABC in first. NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" rose to 6.54 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating in second. CBS' "Scorpion" repeat averaged 4.41 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating, compared to the 3.24 million viewers and 1.0 key demo rating for FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance." The CW trailed with new episodes of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.48 million and a 0.5 key demo) and "Cedric's Barber Battle" (1 million and a 0.3 key demo).
10 p.m. - CBS' repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles" was the most watched show for the 10 p.m. hour with 5.79 million viewers and finished tied for second with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "The Whispers" drew 3.49 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating, while NBC's "The Island" finale averaged 3.36 million viewers and an hour-winning 1.0 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.