Ratings: First Black ‘Bachelorette’ Slips 10 Percent From Prior Season Premiere

Rachel Lindsay pins roses to 5.7 million viewers, which marks an even larger decline

Last Updated: May 30, 2017 @ 9:24 AM

ABC won the final Monday of the traditional TV season in the key 18-49 demographic, thanks to the combination of “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Bachelorette.”

Unfortunately, Rachel Lindsay’s season premiere of the latter slipped 10 percent versus last year in the main demo, and almost 14 percent among total viewers — both were premiere lows for the reality dating competition. To be fair to “The Bachelorette,” this season’s “DWTS” provided a significantly smaller lead-in for the whole rose ceremony show.

In case you haven’t heard, Rachel is the series first black “Bachelorette” — and it only took 13 seasons. Your turn, “The Bachelor.”

NBC topped primetime in total viewers, with Part 1 of “The Voice” finale.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. The “Dancing With the Stars” penultimate episode at 8 p.m. earned a 1.8/7 and 10.4 million viewers. At 9, “The Bachelorette” landed a 1.8/6 and 5.7 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.6/6 and in viewers with 7.6 million. “The Voice” at 8 scored a 1.9/7 and 9.5 million viewers. “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” at 10 had a 0.9/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and fourth in viewers with 3 million. “Gotham” at 8 got a 1.0/4 and 2.9 million viewers. At 9, “Lucifer” received a 0.8/3 and 3 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and third in viewers with 5.5 million. The network’s Princess Diana doc at 8 averaged a 0.8/3 and 6.1 million viewers. James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” special at 10 had a 0.7/3 and 4.2 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.58 million.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.57 million. The “Supergirl” season finale at 8 had a 0.6/2 and 2.1 million viewers. At 9, the “Jane The Virgin” season-ending episode got a 0.4/1 and 1 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 902,000.