The first full week of the summer season has begun and for two of the Big Four that meant a full slate on Memorial Day. On ABC, The Bachelorette (1.9/5) was back with a two-hour Season 9 premiere. The beginning of former Bachelor contestant Desiree Hartsock’s search for love started off down 27% from Season 8’s 90-minute premiere on May 14, 2012. That show was a lead-out from Dancing With The Stars. Head-to-head with NBC’s The Voice on Monday, last night’s Bachelorette was the lowest season debut in the show’s history. Monday’s season debut was also down from the 3.0/9 of Season 8’s finale on July 22. The Bachelorette season premiere was followed by a 20/20 (1.3/4) special hosted by Barbara Walters.
On NBC, The Voice (3.1/9) had judge Blake Shelton performing his new single, a rendition of Adele’s Skyfall Bond theme from one of the contestants, and more from the remaining finalists in anticipation of tonight’s chopping of the last 8 to 6. Continuing six straight weeks of decline, Monday’s Voice was down 11% from last week’s show. That’s a new all-time series low for a performance episode. However, the show was the highest-rated and most-watched (10.88 million viewers) of the night. Also, by the nature of live events, expect an adjustment in the final ratings later today. Following The Voice as usual, Revolution (1.9/5) was even with its May 20 episode. NBC won the night in total viewers (9.410 million) and adults 18-49. (more…)