Why ABC Is Heartbroken During July Sweeps Without ‘The Bachelorette’

But that show wasn’t the largest loss on broadcast TV this month

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TV in Summer 2020 feels like the stuff of yore, when mostly reruns populated the broadcast airwaves on any given night. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2019’s ratings co-champs for the July sweeps period, which resulted in a first-place tie between NBC and ABC, lost their biggest draws for this year: the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and “The Bachelorette” Season 16, respectively.

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Tony Maglio

TV Editor • tony.maglio@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tonymaglio