Ratings: CBS Finishes in Fifth-Place Tie With ‘On Assignment’ Premiere

ABC and NBC knot up atop key demo’s leaderboard with “Bachelorette: Men Tell All” special and “American Ninja Warrior”

So, that assignment kind of failed.

CBS finished Monday in a fifth-place tie with Univision in the key 18-49 demographic, dragged down by a soft premiere from new newsmagazine program “On Assignment.” The so-called “Tiffany Network” did manage to come in third among total viewers, however — a tainted consolation prize after losing to Telemundo in the demo.

ABC and NBC tied for first among adults 18-49, with “The Bachelorette: Men Tell All” special and “American Ninja Warrior,” respectively. The Disney-owned broadcaster was No. 1 in average total viewers from 8-11 p.m. — a.k.a., primetime.

ABC and NBC tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic. ABC was first in total viewers with an average of 5.05 million, according to preliminary numbers; NBC was second with 5.01 million.

For ABC, “The Bachelorette” special at 8 earned a 1.5/6 and 5.7 million viewers. At 10, “To Tell the Truth” received a 0.8/3 and 3.8 million viewers.

For NBC, “American Ninja Warrior” at 8 posted a 1.4/6 and 5.9 million viewers. At 10, “Midnight, Texas” had a 0.8/3 and 3.3 million viewers.

Fox and Telemundo tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.6. Telemundo had a 3 share, Fox got a 2. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 2.2 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.5 million.

For Fox, “So You Think You Can Dance” at 8 got a 0.7/3 and 2.6 million viewers. The “Superhuman” season finale at 9 managed a 0.5/2 and 1.8 million viewers.

CBS and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. CBS was third in total viewers viewers with 3.1 million, Univision was fifth with 1.6 million.

For CBS, following repeats, “On Assignment” settled for a 0.4/2 and 2.8 million viewers. To be fair, the news program fared better among adults 25-54, and didn’t exactly get a rousing lead-in from the CBS schedule.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 983,000. After a rerun, “Hooten & the Lady” had a 0.2/1 and 919,000 viewers.