ABC’s The Bachelorette ended its season on a high note — a proposal and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 for the two-hour finale, up a tenth from last week and the best demo result since the season premiere. (In total viewers, the reality series closed out its cycle with a season-high 7.5 million viewers). But versus last summer’s finale, Bachelorette was down 27% to log the series’ lowest-rated finale in Live+Same Day 18-49 ratings. At 10 PM, The Bachelorette: After The Final Rose special (2.1) built onto its lead-in but too was down from last year (-16%) to rank as the lowest-rated After The Rose special in Live+SD. Despite facing the After The Rose special, CBS’ Under The Dome (1.5) held steady, even with last Monday.
On NBC, adventurer Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls was back with a new summer reality series. Running Wild With Bear Grylls opened with a 1.4, down a tenth from last summer’s debut of Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls, also on NBC. The bar is pretty low, but this qualifies as the second-highest reality series debut this summer, only behind ABC’s Rising Star (1.5). Grylls helped lead-out American Ninja Warrior (2.1), which shot up 11% from last week. On the CW, the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards (0.3) were even with last year’s telecast.