UPDATED with final numbers: NBC’s two-hour season finale of American Ninja Warrior (1.2 rating in adult 18-94, 5.69 million viewers) was broadcast TV’s most-watched show Monday, its best rating in three months but off three tenths from last year’s season-ender. Also wrapping its season last night was Fox’s two-hour So You Think You Can Dance (0.6, 2.60M), which scored its most watched finale in four years, and its highest-rated one in two years. It was up a tenth week-over-week.
The night’s primetime saw NFL pre-emptions in major markets for ABC and the CW, which took a bite out of the former’s two-hour Bachelor In Paradise. It scored a 1.4 demo ratings and 5.27 million viewers in early numbers, but was knocked back to a 1.1 (its season average) and 4.23M viewers when Nielsen released final numbers. The dip gave NBC the nightly overall win in both metrics.
CBS’ The Big Bang Theory repeat at 8 PM led into the annual CBS Fall Preview (0.7, 4.30M) at 8:30 PM. That was followed by new episodes of Salvation (0.4, 2.74M), up a tenth, and Elementary (0.4, 3.17M), in the first part of its two-part season finale, off a tenth.
The CW’s repeats also dipped in final numbers, as did ABC’s rerun of The Good Doctor at 10.
The final overall numbers: NBC (0.9, 4.43M), ABC (0.8, 4.39M), Fox (0.6, 2.60M), CBS (0.5, 3.92M) and the CW (0.2, 910,000).