Ratings: ‘AGT’ Crushes ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Premiere; ABC’s ‘Castaways’ Debuts OK

CBS finishes second in total viewers airing all repeats

Last Updated: August 8, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

Broadcast viewers didn’t quite swoon over ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” season premiere Tuesday when “AGT” dominated its primetime competition.

At 10 p.m., ABC’s “Castaways” debuted. Though it couldn’t compete with an original episode of NBC’s “Making It,” the new ABC reality show did fine for the network’s time slot.

“Bachelor in Paradise” had a much better season premiere last summer, when the dating show started against NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” not “America’s Got Talent.” It also opened with greater attention due to accusations of inappropriate behavior star Corinne Olympios made against fellow participant DeMario Jackson.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “AGT” from 8-10 scored a 1.9/9 and 10.9 million viewers. “Making It” at 10 received a 1.0/5 and 4.4 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and third in viewers with 3.6 million. “Bachelor in Paradise” from 8-10 averaged a 1.1/5 and 3.8 million viewers. Those Nielsen numbers are down 31 percent and 25 percent from the 2017 season premiere, respectively. “Castaways” at 10 had a 0.7/3 and 3.1 million viewers.

Telemundo was third in ratings with a 0.6/3, but fifth in viewers with 1.4 million.

CBS and Fox tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. CBS was second in total viewers with 4.7 million viewers, airing all reruns; Fox was fourth with 1.8 million.

For Fox, “Beat Shazam” at 8 got a 0.6/3 and 2.1 million viewers. At 9, “Love Connection” had a 0.4/2 and 1.4 million viewers.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 785,000. The season finale for “The 100” at 8 managed a 0.3/1 and 940,000 viewers. “The Outpost” at 9 settled for a 0.2/1 and 630,000 viewers.