“The Bachelorette” lost nearly 17 percent of its adults 18-49 audience last night when compared with the prior week’s season premiere. However, Rachel Lindsay’s second episode actually managed to stay mostly steady among total viewers on a tough night.
Any losses weren’t really the ABC reality show’s fault, however, as light Memorial Day TV tune-in didn’t mix well with the start to the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals airing over on NBC. Plus, the week-ago “Bachelorette” had a relatively strong lead-in from the “Dancing With the Stars” season finale. This Monday’s version of the reality dating competition was an 8 o’clock self-starter.
With Game 1 of the Predators vs. the Penguins, NBC was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those Nielsen figures will likely adjust up when viewership is adjusted for the different time zones.
ABC was second in ratings with a 1.2/4 and in viewers with 4.6 million. “The Bachelorette” at 8 p.m. landed a 1.5/6 and 5.6 million viewers. The series premiere of “Still Star-Crossed” at 9 managed a 0.5/2 and 2.4 million viewers.
Fox was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and fourth in viewers with 3.1 million. “Gotham” at 8 got a 0.9/4 and 2.9 million viewers. At 9, the “Lucifer” season finale had a 0.9/3 and 3.3 million viewers.
CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and third in viewers with 3.4 million, running just reruns.
Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 an seventh in viewers with 950,000.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and sixth in viewers with 989,000. Sandwiched between repeats, the season premiere of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” received a 0.2/1 and 951,000 viewers.
For the record, an earlier version of this story had an incorrect percentage decline from Week 1 to Week 2 for “The Bachelorette.”