The 25th season of The Bachelor kicked off Monday and, as expected, topped the ratings heap in broadcast primetime. The ABC reality competition delivered a 1.2 in the adults 18-49 demographic while 5 million viewers tuned in to watch a group of women make a memorable — and sometimes desperate — first impression on Matt James, the first Black bachelor in the franchise’s history.
The Bachelor lead into the debut of the Craig Ferguson-hosted trivia game show The Hustler (0.5, 1.99M). The duo gave ABC the overall win in the demo in Nielsen Live+Same Day fast nationals.
CBS meanwhile crushed the competition in viewers with the return of its Monday night lineup, which all hit season-best viewer numbers. The Neighborhood (0.7, 6.01M) ticked up from its last original and was the night’s most-watched broadcast. Everything else was also was up with Bob Hearts Abishola (0.6, 5.41M), All Rise (0.5, 4.62M) and Bull (0.5, 5.50M).
Elsewhere, NBC served up a two-hour season premiere of Ellen’s Game of Games, with the first hour delivering a 0.6 in the demo and 3.33 million viewers and the second hour dipping to a 0.5 in the demo and 2.84 million viewers. The Wall (0.5, 2.52M) followed with iSeason 4 premiere.
At Fox, the Spectrum Original L.A.’s Finest (0.3, 1.43M) quietly ended its season, while the CW aired reruns of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
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