Having a controversial Bachelor like Juan Pablo Galavis helped the reality franchise close out the season with solid numbers. The two-hour Bachelor finale drew a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49. That was up 39% from last week for a season high and down just a tenth from the fast national last season despite the closer facing NBC’s The Voice this time vs. The Biggest Loser last year. The Bachelor: After the Final Rose at 10 PM drew a 3.8, even with last year’s special and the top program of the night, edging NBC’s The Voice (3.7). ABC won the night in 18-49 with a season high 3.4, edging NBC (3.3).
The usual top two demo players at 8 PM, NBC’s The Voice (3.7) and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother (2.7) both were down 18% from last week to tie season lows. HIMYM‘s declines have been puzzling – the departing comedy, which should’ve been gaining momentum heading into its March 31 finale, is on a three-week ratings downtrend since returning post-Olympics at the midpoint of its six-episode final run. CBS went for a checkered air pattern last night with HIMYM, Mike & Molly and Intelligence originals sandwiching 2 Broke Girls and Mom repeats. Mike & Milly (1.8) fell 18% to a series low. But Intelligence (1.3) perked up a tenth after three weeks at a 1.2.
Following The Voice, NBC previewed new drama Believe, from Oscar-winning Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron. It got respectable sampling, drawing a 2.7 demo rating, though it will likely be adjusted down because of a Voice overrun. Believe was down from the big debuts of Revolution (4.1) and The Blacklist (3.8) in the slot but they had bigger Voice lead-ins, and Believe faced stiffer than normal competition at 10 PM with ABC’s After the Final Rose almost doubling the typical ABC drama delivery in the hour. All in all, Believe got eyeballs for the pilot but it’s real test will be in the regular Sunday slot. Midseason CBS drama Intelligence got solid sampling in its preview behind NCIS but has only delivered fraction of those numbers in its regular Monday berth.
Fox’ Bones was rusty in its return to Mondays. The veteran procedural posted a 1.7, up a tenth from its most recent original on Fridays but down 15% from its last Monday episode. The Following (1.5) continues its ratings struggles, down a tenth to a new series low. The news won’t alarm the producers of the serial killer drama, which was just renewed for next season (Bones is set to return too) though those numbers are somewhat alarming, even with the healthy DVR bump The Following gets. The CW’s Star-Crossed (0.3) continues to oscillate between a 0.3 and 0.4 rating, down a tenth from last week, while Beauty & the Beast (0.2) continues to fade away, down a tenth to a new series low.