RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelor’ Premiere Up, ‘Hostages’ Ties Low In Finale

ABC’s The Bachelor mounted a ratings rebound with its first Latino bachelor. The series’ 18th-season premiere last night drew a 2.7 in adults 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers — up 17% in the demo and 23% in total viewers. That is a three-year high for the show. The Bachelor‘s ratings resurgence began last season: After dipping to a premiere low, Cycle 17 ended on a high note, with the finale rising 14% year-to-year. The Bachelor posted season-high 18-49 rating for ABC in the Monday 8-10 PM time period, eclipsing every in-season episode of ABC’s other veteran competition reality series, Dancing With The Stars, which debuted a week early. At 10 PM, ABC’s Castle (1.8, 8.8 million) returned from a long hiatus down 14% in the demo from its last original on November 25. ABC still easily won the night against mostly repeat competition. ESPN will likely dominate Monday overall with the down-to-the wire BCS Championship Game. (more…)

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