ABC’s Monday lineup took a ratings hit with Diane Sawyer’s Hillary Clinton interview, dropping from 1.5 in 18-49 last week to 1.0 last night. To make room for the interview, the network subbed the two-hour The Bachelorette original with an hourlong Bachelorette recap special (0.9), leading to the Sayer-Clinton chat, which drew a 1.0 in the demo, finishing last in the 9 PM hour among the Big 4 networks. It did better in total viewers with 6.1 million, finishing in second. Clinton also pushed down 10 PM ABC drama Mistresses (0.9), which slipped 25% from last Monday’s season premiere. The most recent ABC News primetime interview special, Barbara Walters’ sit-down with Donald Sterling’s confidante V. Staviano, drew a 1.7 in 18-49 and 7 million viewers with a better lead-in but no promotion.
After posting double-digit gains last Monday, Fox’s Masterchef (1.5) and 24: Live Another Day (1.6), NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (1.7) and CBS’ 48 Hours (0.9) all retreated, down -12%, -11%, -11% and -25%, respectively. Fox won the night in 18-49 (1.6) and total viewers (5.5 million).
The CW’s Whose Line Is It Anyway proved its resilience. After dropping a tenth in its move to Monday last week, the improv comedy show (0.7) rose two tenths (40%) in its second week on the new (temporary) night to post its highest-rated and most watched episode (1.92 million) since the beginning of the 2013-14 broadcast season. Beauty and the Beast (0.3) was flat.