Summer romance is still in the air after the finale of ABC’s The Bachelorette, with the premiere of the network’s Bachelor in Paradise winning Monday night with a 1.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.37 million viewers. The two-hour debut of the reality series topped the ratings from a year ago by 18% and tied its highest-rated telecast from two years ago.
The rest of broadcasters’ primetime programming was pretty stable. On NBC, American Ninja Warrior (0.8, 4.6M) held steady and was the night’s most-watched program. Also maintaining their levels were CBS’ reality dating romp Love Island (0.4, 2.08M) and fresh episodes of the CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.2, 1.24M) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.2, 940,000).
Meanwhile, Fox’s Beat Shazam (0.6, 2.55M) moved up a tenth from last week, bringing So You Think You Can Dance (0.5, 1.97M) with it. NBC’s newsmag Dateline (0.6, 3.51M) was even. The only show that saw a dip Monday with ABC’s Grand Hotel (0.5, 2.62M), which slipped a tenth after wavering in ratings since its debut.
Overall, ABC took the top spot for Monday ratings-wise and finished second to NBC in viewers.