You know summer is really over now because football’s officially back, new shows like The Bastard Executioner and Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris are starting to debut and fortunate incumbents are coming back. You also know summer’s over because a whole bunch of series are wrapping up on the Big 4 to make room for the new and the incumbents.
After 7 seasons American Ninja Warrior (2.0/6) finally saw not one but two contestants finish all four stages of the grueling Mount Midoriyama course on the NBC competition show. Cranking it up even more, last night’s finale ended with Geoff Britten, the first person to go all the way, walking away with nothing but glory. Isaac Caldiero beat Britten’s Stage 4 time by a scant 3.6 seconds to win the Warrior crown and $1 million. For the 3-hour finale itself it was also a win, as ANW was up 18% over last week. The show also rose 11% over its September 8, 2014 finale to match its best season ender ever in the 18-49 demo. In total viewers, last night’s winning ANW won its own prize with an audience of 6.1 million – its best finale result. Overall, NBC won the night among the 18-49s while ABC, which was a close second with a 1.9 rating, was tops in viewers with 10.95 million viewers. Of course, expect ESPN, the NFL and Monday Night Football to take the top prizes overall in both broadcast and cable when those numbers come in.
As one dance show left the ballroom, another came back last night. So You Think You Can Dance (0.8/3) ended its 12th season by going for the tap in the battle of Stage vs. Street. With some fine moves by Step Up alum Jenna Dewan Tatum, the 2-hour live Fox show was up 14% in the key demo from its September 7 show. Finale-to-finale, SYTYCD declined 38% from its Season 11 ender on September 3 last year, which was a very competitive Wednesday. Last night’s result is a finale low for SYTYCD.
Dancing With The Stars (2.3/7) returned for Season 21 with Gary Busey and a somewhat rehabilitated Paula Deen among those on-board. While the ABC danceathon dipped 4% from its last fall debut of September 15 last year, local NFL preemptions in Atlanta may see some adjustment for inflation in later numbers. As it is, DWTS is the top-rated and most-watched (13.6 million) show of Monday night on The Big 4. There was more dancing and more celebs on ABC with the debut of DanceBattle America (1.1/4) at 10 PM. The Julianne Hough & Maria Menounos led-show premiered solid, matching last week’s After Paradise, but it did lose 52% of its lead-in’s demo result.
On The CW, everyone took a double digit hit with Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.5/2) down 17% from its last original on August 31. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3/1) fell 57% in the demo from its last original on August 31 while Significant Mother (0.2/0) declined 33%
With local NFL preemptions, CBS was all encores on Monday.