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Ratings: ‘Bachelorette’ Audience Bests ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ But NBC Still Wins Monday

“Gong Show” rerun drags ABC down to second place

Rachel Lindsay selected her final four suitors on Monday, when American television viewers chose “The Bachelorette” as their No. 1 show of the night.

Despite the reality dating show’s head-to-head victory over “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC topped ABC outright in primetime averages. How, you ask? Simple: NBC’s “Spartan” fared fine at 10 p.m., when the Disney-owned broadcaster dumped a “Gong Show” rerun.

Plus, the battle in the 8 and 9 o’clock hours was tight: Both alternative series averaged a 1.4 rating, while “The Bachelorette’s” 5.63 million total viewers edged “ANW’s” 5.57 million.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 5 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following “Ninja Warrior,” 10 p.m.’s “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” received a 1.0/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.1/5 and in viewers with 4.6 million.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and fourth in viewers with 2.5 million. “So You Think You Can Dance” at 8 had a 0.8/3 and 2.9 million viewers. At 9, “Superhuman” got a 0.6/2 and 2 million viewers.

CBS, Univision and Telemundo all tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.5/2. CBS was third in total viewers with 3.7 million, airing just reruns; Univision was fifth with 1.4 million and Telemundo was sixth with 1.3 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 1 million. Between repeats, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” at 9 managed a 0.3/1 and 1 million viewers.