Ratings: ‘Bachelorette,’ ‘Mistresses’ Premiere Carry ABC Above NBC’s Hockey

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” returns down 23 percent from 2015

Last Updated: May 31, 2016 @ 9:28 AM

People would rather watch dating than championship hockey — and even fewer care to catch a dancing competition these days.

ABC topped the key 18-49 demographic and captured the largest overall audience last night with “The Bachelorette” combined with the weaker “Mistresses” premiere. NBC was a close second in the main demo airing the Stanley Cup Finals, while CBS finished runner-up to the Disney network among total eyeballs.

Over on Fox, that broadcaster’s “So You Think You Can Dance” premiere was 23 percent softer among the main age range than 2015’s comparable episode.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/4 share in the demo, and tops in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Bachelorette” at 8 p.m. ET earned a 1.6/5 and 5.9 million viewers. At 10, the debut of “Mistresses” received a 0.7/2 and 3.1 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.2/4 and third in viewers with 3.8 million. The Penguins vs. Sharks game was the only thing on its schedule, scoring those numbers for prime-time.

CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/2. CBS was second in total viewers with 4.7 million, Fox was fourth with 2.9 million.

For CBS, following reruns, “Person of Interest” posted a 0.8/3 and 5.4 million viewers.

For Fox, “SYTYCD” at 8 settled for a 1.0/3 and 3.7 million viewers. at 9, “Houdini & Doyle” managed a 0.5/1 and 2.1 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.5 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.2 million, airing just a movie.