There was tennis and college football on television last night, but Labor Day also saw some love on the air as Bachelor In Paradise (1.4/4) wrapped up it second season. No spoilers except to say there were declarations of love and engagements actually – reality TV style. Ratingswise, while dipping 7% from last week among adults 18-49, the 1-hour Season 2 ender of BiP is presently even with the 2-hour Season 1 finale of September 8 last year. Season-to-season comparisons have BiP basically steady with its initial run, with a 6% rise among the demo.
Last year’s BiP finale saw ABC with preemptions in NYC and Detroit for local NFL action. That resulted in initial ratings coming in for the show with an inflated 1.8/5, which were then adjusted down to a 1.4/4 with 5.40 million viewers. With a Shark Tank repeat as a lead-in, last night’s BiP currently has 4.80 million total viewers – an 11% drop from the 2014 finale. That viewership drop is almost exactly what Bachelor In Paradise: After Paradise (1.1/4) went up among adults 18-49 from last week – the show saw a 10% rise.
Over on ESPN, the primetime match-up between defending National champs Ohio State against Virginia Tech pulled in a 6.6 overnight rating. While impressive unto itself, that result is up a whooping 144% over Labor Day 2014’s Miami at Louisville overnight rating. That’s the best any college opening weekend game has done on any network since the 2010 Boise State vs. Virginia Tech game got a 6.7. The ABC broadcast September 5, 2005 game between Miami and Florida State holds the record with a 7.2.
While not technically being called a finale by NBC, last night’s Running Wild With Bear Grylls (1.0/3) was the last scheduled show of the season for the series this summer. Down 17% from last week’s show, Running Wild was even with its September 8, 2014 S1 finale. Of course, there will be more Running Wild coming at some point with the episode that President Barack Obama filmed with Grylls last week while in Alaska – where POTUS shared some salmon on-camera with the host, as was previewed on The Today Show this morning.
The 8-10 PM slot saw competition series American Ninja Warrior (1.6/5) and So You Think You Can Dance (0.7/2) battling it out amidst a plethora of encores. Like the network did overall for the night, ANW won but not without taking a hit. Facing the BiP finale in its second hour, the series fell 24% from the season high of its August 31 show to a season low in preliminary numbers. In much the same boat, SYTYCD stumbled 13% from last week. NBC won the night among the key demo with a 1.4/4 rating and 5.05 million viewers.
A repeat heavy CBS looked towards the future last night with its annual CBS Fall Preview Show (1.0/3). The future or at least the upcoming 2015-16 season looked promising as the preview show was up 25% from its September 1, 2014 airing. As usual, an encore of The Big Bang Theory (1.3/4), which was the lead-in to the 8:30 PM Preview show, was the most watched show on TV on Monday with 6.40 million viewers.
The CW was all repeats on Monday.