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Ratings: Pilot Peter Weber’s ‘Bachelor’ Premiere Soars 20% Above Last Year’s Start

But ABC settles for third in total viewers

Peter Weber’s season of “The Bachelor” took off on Monday, when ABC finished first in the key adults 18-49 demographic, but settled for third in total viewers.

This “Bachelor” season premiere rose +20% over last year’s start in the demo and +18% in total viewers.

NBC averaged the largest primetime audience last night, returning “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” and “Manifest.”

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those numbers were the three-hour Nielsen averages of the “Bachelor” beginning chapter.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.1/6 and first in viewers with 6.9 million. The “AGT” spinoff from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. averaged a 1.3/6 and 8 million viewers. At 10, the sophomore season of “Manifest” opened to a 0.9/5 and 4.8 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and second in viewers with 6.3 million. “The Neighborhood” at 8 had a 0.9/5 and 6.9 million viewers. At 8:30, “Bob Hearts Abishola” got a 0.8/4 and 6.7 million viewers. “All Rise” at 9 received a 0.5/3 and 5.9 million viewers. At 10, “Bull” drew a 0.6/3 and 6.2 million viewers.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.5/3 and fifth in viewers with 1.6 million.

Fox and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.3. Fox had a 2 share, Telemundo had a 1. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 2 million, Telemundo was sixth with 796,000.

Fox aired all reruns.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 475,000, airing repeats.