With the exception of encore heavy CBS, it was a pretty packed night of originals on primetime on Monday. But, unless you were in Kansas City or on The CW, there wasn’t a lot of movement so to speak. The vast majority of the offerings on the Big 4 were even with their July 13 performance – at least among adults 18-49. Breaking that rule in the way networks like was American Ninja Warrior (2.0/7). Up 11% from last week among the demo, the Season 7 Kansas City Finals episode of ANW was also the top rated show of Monday night. With Lance Pekus whipping through the course in the fastest time of the show, the 2-hour ANW also saw a viewership rise of 8% over last week to be the second most watched show of the night, as it was last week. With lead-out Running Wild With Bear Grylls (1.2/4) holding even with its Season 2 premiere last week, NBC won Monday among the 18-49s with a 1.7/5.
In total audience, the top primetime prize went to ABC with 5.76 million viewers to NBC’s 5.52 million. Among the key demo, both The Bachelorette (1.9/7) and drama The Whispers (0.9/3) were matched with their July 13 shows. However, year-to-year, last night’s Men Tell All episode of The Bachelorette saw a small 6% bop up from its summer 2014 version. An audience of 6.93 million on Monday made the 8 – 10 PM The Bachelorette the most watched show of the night. On the other big unscripted show of the night, So You Think You Can Dance (1.0/3) was also even with last week and pretty much steady in viewership with 3.2 million to the 3.3 million it pulled on July 13.
The CW seemed to be on the same path as most of its Big 4 rivals last night with Week 3 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.5/2) even with Week 2 of its second season. That matches a series low among the 18-49 and, with 1.84 million tuning in, the show also saw a 8% dip from the 4-year viewership slot high it hit for The CW last week. All things considered that was a lot better than Fool Us’ lead-out did. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.4/1) tumbled 20% from last week to match a series low in preliminary numbers. And Cedric’s Barber Battle (0.2/1) cut 33% off its demo result of July 13 to also match a series low in early numbers. That’s not got to look good.