Amid some controversy over Garrett Yrigoyen’s online behavior and choices, Becca Kufrin accepted the suitor’s proposal of marriage and brought Season 14 of The Bachelorette (1.8/9) to an conclusion — a happy ending, sorta.
The finale worked out OK for ABC in the short term as the romance competition series’ three-hour season ender rose 38% among adults 18-49 over its July 30 two-hour airing. The jump marked a season high in the key demo and, with 6.7 million tuning in for Becca’s decision, a viewership season high too.
However, as is the case often in the fast-changing TV landscape, last night’s The Bachelorette took a stumble compared with its Season 13 finale on August 7, 2017., falling 14% in the demo from last year’s closer — when Rachel Lindsay picked her Mr. Right, or Mr. Right Now. Monday night’s Bachelorette ender is also a season-finale low for the long-running spinoff among 18-49s and in total audience.
Still, 100% ahead of second place NBC in the key demo overall for the night and prepping for today’s TCA presentation, ABC probably isn’t crying too hard in its morning coffee . Over on NBC, with both American Ninja Warrior (1.0/5) and a 10 PM Dateline (0.7/4) down a tenth, the Comcast-owned net snagged 4.67 million viewers to finish in second overall for the night in that category too.
With half encores and half originals, CBS saw last night’s Salvation (0.3/1) and Elementary (0.4/2) both even with their July 30 shows. On Fox, So You Think You Can Dance (0.6/3) was also even with last week.
Holding up well enough against the Bachelorette finale competition, the CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.3/2) was flat with last Monday, while Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.2/1) went down a tenth.