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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hotel Hell’ Returns Down, ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Ninja Warrior’ & ‘MasterChef’ Rise, ‘Bachelorette’ Steady

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hotel Hell’ Returns Down, ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Ninja Warrior’ & ‘MasterChef’ Rise, ‘Bachelorette’ SteadyHe’s back, not that he ever really went away. Fox’s favorite multitasker Gordon Ramsay returned with a new season of Hotel Hell (1.5/5) last night. Which of course meant that Fox was all Ramsay on Monday with the second-cycle debut of the reality series following his own MasterChef (2.1/7). Hotel Hell was a big hit for the network when it launched two years ago, if for no other reason than it was comfortingly reminiscent of Ramsay’s now-shuttered Kitchen Nightmares. The then-new Hotel Hell saw the often acerbic chef going into establishments in need of serious help and delivering it in his distinct fashion. Monday saw Ramsay in Las Cruces, NM, working on desert retreat that really isn’t working. The show was debut down a hard 21% from its August 13, 2012 Season 1 premiere. But don’t shed a tear for Gordon: Lead-in MasterChef shot up 17% among adults 18-49 from last week’s dip to hit a season high. It was also easily the top-rated show of the night, which helped Fox winthe night in the demo with 1.8/6 rating and among total viewers with 4.93 million.

All of the Big 4 and the CW aired originals last night. Once again CBS’ only new show of the night was Under The Dome (1.5/6). Like Hotel Hell, the 10 PM Steven Spielberg-produced drama also fell 21% from its July 14 show to hit a series low. Last week, Dome rose double digits from the previous series low of its July 7 episode. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’24: Live Another Day’ Finale & ‘Under The Dome’ Rise, ‘Whose Line’ Down, ‘Bachelorette’ Steady

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 9:10am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ’24: Live Another Day’ Finale & ‘Under The Dome’ Rise, ‘Whose Line’ Down, ‘Bachelorette’ SteadyJack was back, to paraphrase Fox’s hashtag for 24: Live Another Day (1.7/5), and now Jack is gone, again. The finale of the 12-episode limited event series that saw the return to action for Kiefer Sutherland’s super-agent Jack Bauer after four years in both real time and TV time was up 21% among Adults 18-49 from its July 7 show. While no one expected the dramatic 1-hour ender (SPOILER ALERT LINK) to hit the 2.8/8 rating that the two-hour Season 8 finale of 24 pulled on May 24, 2010, last night’s show was down 34% from the 2.6 rating that the reboot event series got for its heavily promoted 2-hour May 5 debut. In context, it shouldn’t be overlooked that the end of 24 the series was at a time when network viewership in general was about 27% higher than it is nowadays. With 6.5 million watching, 24:LAD was up 8% over last week to hit its best viewership since its premiere, which 8.1 million tuned in for. Leading-in to the 9 PM 24:LAD, MasterChef (1.8/6) simmered a bit from last week and was down 5%. Overall, Fox took the top spot among the Big 4 with a 1.7/6 rating and 5.97 million viewers.

under the dome july 14 2Like last week, CBS’ only new show of Monday’s primetime was Under The Dome (1.9/6). A mysterious burning red rain came down on Chrester’s Mill on last night’s show but ratingswise, the third episode … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Bachelorette’ Rises, ‘Masterchef’ & ’24′ Steady

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 9:01am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Bachelorette’ Rises, ‘Masterchef’ & ’24′ SteadyIt was that usual summer mixed bag of repeats and original programming last night across almost all of the Big 4. CBS’ only new show of the night was Under The Dome (1.7/5) — but it was not a clear view by any stretch. The second show of the second season was the most-watched show of the night with 7.71 million viewers, but the summer drama based on the Stephen King tale took a hard 19% dive from last week’s season premiere among adults 18-49. It was also down 1.68 million viewers from last week and hit a series lows in  the key demo.

Over on Fox, things were truly cooking. First course was MasterChef (1.9/7). The never subdued Gordon Ramsay series was even with last week and the top-rated show of the night in the demo. Next up was the penultimate episode of 24: Live Another Day (1.5/5). Full of the international intrigue, competing factions and betrayal we’ve come to expect from this limited event series, the latest 24 bopped up 7% from its June 30 show. Fox was tops Monday in both the demo (1.7/6)  and total viewers (5.850 million). Read More »

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Even After U.S. Departure, World Cup Rules Twitter TV Ratings By Big Margin

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 7:14pm PDT

Even After U.S. Departure, World Cup Rules Twitter TV Ratings By Big MarginFIFA’s World Cup telecasts continued to absorb American attention on social media every bit as much as they delivered big TV ratings for the fleet of networks carrying games, and it wasn’t just for the U.S. team’s unexpected run into the so-called “knockout rounds.” Even after that foray ended with a 2-1 loss to Belgium (a week after that game, I am not writing “spoiler alert,” dang it), interest and online conversation have continued to be very high.

That said, the Team USA game was a particularly huge conversation piece online, generating nearly 4.7 million posts on Twitter during the game and in the three hours before and after the telecast on four U.S. networks. Those tweets reached an audience of almost 12.4 million viewers, Nielsen calculates.

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Rules With ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Ratings Rat Race: NBC Rules With ‘American Ninja Warrior’NBC was No. 1 for the night in the demo among broadcaster, thanks to American Ninja Warrior, which climbed 13% week to week (1.8 compared to 1.6 rating) and 17% in total viewers (5.5 million vs. 4.7 mil). The 5.453 million in total viewers is a season high for a regular Ninja and best since a special USA vs. Japan telecast on January 13 (5.537 million). In its second hour, Ninja finished ahead of CBS’ Under The Dome recap (0.8/3, 4.34 million viewers), which finished last in its time slot, and ABC’s Mistresses original episode (1.0/3, 3.66 million). NBC noted its Detroit affiliate pre-empted NBC programming for a fireworks special that could impact these prelim stats, particularly in this 10 PM hour.

With MasterChef (1.7/6, 4.93 million) and 24: Live Another Day (1.4/4, 5.72 million), Fox was the night’s most-watched network, also leading among viewers 18-34 and key male demos.

ABC was the second-most-watched network of the night, winning most female demos. At 8 PM, a two-hour broadcast of The Bachelorette was the night’s most watched TV program (5.9 million, 1.5/5) for its fourth consecutive two-hour telecast.

CBS slumbered, on a bed of reruns and Under The Dome recap.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘MasterChef’ Whips Up Monday Win For Fox

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 9:55am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: ‘MasterChef’ Whips Up Monday Win For FoxFox finished first among broadcasters Monday night in both the demo (1.6/5) and total viewers (5.38 million), as well as teens and all adult male demos. Fueling that win: MasterChef (1.8/6, 5.09 million viewers) — the night’s biggest demo broadcast performer  –  and 24: Live Another Day (1.5/4, 5.66 million viewers). It was Fox’s fourth consecutive Monday demo win. MasterChef climbed 20% from last week’s fast nationals in the demo (1.5/5), while 24:LAD slid a tenth, week to week.

ABC slid in second for the night (1.4/4, 5.2 million viewers), with 8-10 PM’s The Bachelorette finishing first in primetime among total viewers (6.1 million) for a third consecutive two-hour telecast and topping all broadcasters with adults 18-34. The Bachelorette improved on its year-ago telecast by 11% in viewers (5.5 million), and was the night’s No. 1-ranked broadcast show for the night in all key female demos and among adults 18-34. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC’s Returning ‘Mistresses’ Shows Up Flat In Demo But Sports Viewer Bump

ROCHELLE AYTES, ALYSSA MILANO, YUNJIN KIM, JES MACALLANABC’s sudsy Mistresses returned last night at 10 PM to tie CBS’ 48 Hours (1.2/4). Its second-season opener was its most-watched telecast yet, rising 2% (100,000 viewers over its first-season launch, 4.5 million vs. 4.4 million) while holding even in the demo. (ABC noted that during the show’s first season, Mistresses jumped 50% from its initially reported Live+Same Day number to its final Live+7 adults 18-49 rating, making it the second-biggest gainer for any summer broadcast series in 2013, behind only the network’s Rookie Blue.)

Earlier in the night, ABC’s The Bachelorette predictably rose sharply from its Sunday special – 21% in the demo and 30% in viewers. Bachelorette was up by 14% in total viewers over its year-ago telecast, and held even in the demo.

NBC’s 9-11 PM American Ninja Warrior spiked 19% week-to-week, from a 1.6 to a 1.9/6, to rank No. 1 for the night; among the shows it edged out were Fox’s 24: Live Another Day (1.8/6). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Enlisted’ Flat As Creator Asks Fans To Recruit New Viewers While He Seeks New Show Home

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 10:01am PDT

enlisted1ABC and Fox tied (1.0/3) for the ratings lead on Sunday — ABC’s fifth first-place finish of the past six Sundays and besting NBC (0.9/3) by 11% and CBS (0.6/2) by 67%. ABC’s special Sunday The Bachelorette tied Fox’s returning Cosmos originals (as well as Fox’s Family Guy rerun) for first place in the demo with a 1.3/4, though for Bachelorette it was a 19% week-to-week decline and represented a series low, while Cosmos posted an 18% gain from its most recent telecast (22% in the younger 18-34 demo).

Enlisted, however, may be the night’s biggest news. Fox is burning off episodes of the canceled comedy and, late last week, creator Kevin Biegel asked fans to recruit more viewers to these final four episodes, suggesting it might him land the comedy at another network. Sunday’s episode clocked a 0.4/2 — even with its most recent telecast in the demo. Read More »

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Contestant On New Season Of ‘The Bachelorette’ Dies In Accident

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 1:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Eric HillEric Hill, one of the contestants on the upcoming season of ABC‘s The Bachelorette, has died as a result of injuries sustained in a paragliding accident over the weekend that was not part of the show. By then, Hill had completed filming The Bachelorette, presumably after being eliminated, so his death won’t impact the outcome of the show but it is expected to be addressed on the new season, which premieres May 19. “We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing of our friend, Eric Hill,” The Bachelorette producers said in a statement. “Eric inspired us every day with his passion, his courage and his adventurous spirit, and for that we are very thankful. On behalf of our cast, crew and producers, we send our love, our thoughts and our prayers to Eric’s family during this difficult time.”

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelorette’ Hits Finale Low, ‘Under The Dome’ Down, ‘Siberia’ Matches Low

By | Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 8:46am PDT

It was all The Bachelorette (2.6/8) all night on ABC on Monday. The two-hour Season 9 finale of the looking-for-love reality show saw Desiree Hartsock take a proposal from baseball player turned mortgage broker Chris Siegfried in Antigua. Staying sporty, the show also saw former soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis announced as the new Bachelor. Coming off last week’s season high, the show was up 8% from it July 29th show. However, it wasn’t all roses. Last night had The Bachelorette sliding 16% from last year’s finale on July 22, 2012. That’s an all-time finale low for the dating series. The epilogue of the live The Bachelorette: After The Rose (2.5/7) was also down to its lowest rating ever. The special fell 19% from last year’s airing. Still, with The Bachelorette as the highest rated show of the night and doubling its network rivals in the 8 PM to 10 PM tile slot, ABC was tops among adults 18-49  (2.6/7) and in terms of total viewers last night with 8.672 million watching.

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While 3.2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in NY, LA and Dallas were still not able to see CBS last night due to the ongoing dispute on retransmission fees, there was a lot happening on Under The Dome (2.5/7) on Read More »

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RATING RAT RACE: ‘Bachelorette’ Hits Season High, ‘Under The Dome’ Dips, ‘Siberia’ & ‘Get Out Alive’ Hit Lows

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT

There was rain, there were kisses, insulin theft and there was a growing panic in Chester’s Mill last night on Under The Dome (2.7/8). The fifth week of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King-produced show, which CBS unsurprisingly renewed for a second season on Monday, saw a dip of 4% from its July 22 show last night. That’s a season low tie for Dome but the series was still the highest-rated show of the night and the most watched with 11.08 million viewers.  Other than Dome, CBS was all encores on Monday night.

Part 1 of this season’s The Bachelorette (2.3/7) finale had the final three suitors indulge in Fantasy Suite Week with Desiree Hartsock. Besides the usual stuff that also included one very long conversation and a role reversal of a sort as the competition came down to the final two for next week. Still as the suitors went down, the two-hour show was up. Last night’s Bachelorette, which was the second highest-rated show of the night of the night, was up double digits from the week before. The reality show shot up 21% from its July 22 show to hit a season high among the key demo. It was also up 20% in viewers from  last week to 7.77 million, another season high. Mistresses (1.3/4) also had a surprise with a maternal visit as the drama rose 8% Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ & ‘Bachelorette’ Even, ‘Siberia’ Down, ‘Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls’ Dips

Things really started getting heated Under The Dome (2.7/8) last night as an epidemic broke out and the residents of Chester’s Mill began to attack the barrier separating them from the rest of the world. While all that was going on onscreen, the night’s top rated and most watched show (10.80 million) stayed even with its July 8 show. Other than the Stephen King and Steven Spielberg produced Dome, it was all encores on CBS last night. Still, the network was tops on Monday in both adults 18-49 and total viewers with 6.72 million watching

Over on NBC in the same time slot as Dome, Siberia (0.8/2) fell further on the ratings ice. The faux reality drama was down 11% from last week’s show to hit its lowest result since its July 2 soft debut. The second week of NBC’s new Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls (1.4/5) saw more mountain climbing, food foraging and other survival challenges on the 9 PM reality series. Dipping 7% from its premiere last week, Get Out also sent two contestants packing last night. The show held on to 93% of its July 7 debut last to emerge as the best second week result for a freshman reality series this summer. Down 6% from last Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Slips, ‘Get Out Alive’ Debuts Soft, ‘Bachelorette’ Hits Season Viewership High

Primetime television had it all last night with drama, reality and even a premiere – almost made summer feel like fall. Three weeks into its debut run, CBS’s Under The Dome (2.7/7) slipped a bit last night. While the top rated and most watched (10.57 million) show of Monday night, the series from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King was down 7% from its second show on July 1. Other than Under The Dome, CBS aired all encores last night. CBS won the night in total viewers with 6.527 million watching and tied the night with ABC among adults 18-49 with both networks receiving a 1.7/5.

Over on ABCThe Bachelorette (1.9/6) bopped up 6% from last week and hit a season high among viewers with 6.81 million watching. The two-hour reality series was the second highest rated and second most watched show of the night. The Bachelorette was followed by the freshman drama Mistresses (1.2/3), which rose 9% from its July 1 show.

Head-to-head with Under The Dome for the second week in a row, NBC’s faux reality show drama Siberia (1.0/3) got another ratings chill last night. Debuting weak on July 1, Siberia slipped 9% among adults 18-49 from its premiere. Before some fake reality, NBC premiered a new unscripted show with Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls (1.4/4). While the highest rated reality debut this summer, Get Out Alive was still down 18% from … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Down, ‘Siberia’ Debuts Soft, ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Falls In Returns

By | Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 9:11am PDT

The second week of CBS’ Under The Dome (2.8/8) saw a few cracks in the new drama’s strong ratings shell. Following its big debut last week, the Amblin TV/DreamWorks TV-produced show was down 15% on Monday — not altogether unrespectable retention levels for the series based on Stephen King’s 2009 novel. Under The Dome was easily the top-rated show of the night and by far the most watched with 11.52 million viewers. Otherwise, CBS was all repeats Monday. Like on most almost-holiday summer nights, usage was down 5% among adults 18-49 and dipped 4% from last week. CBS was tops for the night in adults 18-49 and in viewers with 7.08 million.

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: NBC Scores! Stanley Cup Finals Most Watched In 19 Years

UPDATE, 4:08 PM: The battle for the NHL‘s Stanley Cup is over, and the Chicago Blackhawks were the victors Monday night. Now the final numbers are in and NBC looks to be a winner too with this year’s Stanley Cup Final turning out to be the most watched since 1994, when data first became available. The six-game series between the Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins averaged a 3.3 household rating with 5.76 million viewers on NBC and NBC Sports Network. That’s up 83% in household ratings and 91% million in viewers from the LA Kings-New Jersey Devils series in 2012. Individually, Monday’s 8:15–11 PM ET Game 6 pulled a 3.3/10 rating, up 65% from last year’s 2.0. In terms of household ratings, last night’s game received a 4.7 and was watched by 8.16 million viewers. That’s a rise of 52% and 66%, respectively, from last year’s series-clinching Game 6, resulting in the second-most watched Game 6 since 1994. The Blackhawks’ Cup-clinching on June 9, 2010, against the Philadelphia Flyers was the most-watched Game 6 with 8.28 million viewers. Overall, this year’s NHL playoffs averaged 1.47 million viewers across 84 games on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC. That result is the most-watched playoffs since ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox aired the Stanley Cup in 1997. Compared with the 1.24 million who watched last year’s playoffs on average, the 2013 Stanley Cup was up 18% in viewership.

The Top 10 markets for Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final were:
1. Boston (33.0)
2. Chicago (30.2)
3. Providence (22.5)
4. Buffalo (12.5)
5. Pittsburgh (7.8)
6. Minneapolis-St. Paul (7.3)
7. Milwaukee (7.0)
8. Hartford-New Haven (6.8)
9. Fort Myers (6.3)
10. St. Louis (5.8)
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Ratings Rat Race: ‘The Voice’ Rises, ‘Winner Is’ Ticks Up; ‘Bachelorette’, ‘Mistresses’ Slip

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 9:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE PM: As expected, The Voice went up in the finals, to a 3.7 in 18-49. The Winner was adjusted down to a 1.9.

PREVIOUS: Last night’s performance finale of The Voice drew a 3.5/10 among adults 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers overall to secure another No. 1 Monday finish for NBC. Compared with last week’s fast national, the show rose 9% in 18-49 (6% from the final as the show is often adjusted up). But versus last season’s penultimate episode, The Voice was down 9%. The Voice also lifted its lead-out, new game show/singing competition The Winner Is (2.0/6), which was up a tenth from last week’s fast national (0.2 from the final, but it may be adjusted down again later today.) Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Winner Is’ Debuts Solid, ‘Bachelorette’ Ties Low, ‘Mistresses’ & ‘Oh Sit!’ Up, ‘Goodwin Games’ Down

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT

Another week in the summer season and another reality show makes its debut. Last night it was NBC’s The Winner Is (1.9/6). Created by The Voice co-producers Talpa Media USA, the short-run series hosted by Nick Lachey is a mix of a game show and singing competition series with contestants vying for cash prizes or a verdict from the experts panel. On the ninth-show finale a $1 million grand prize will be up for grabs. The second-most-watched and second-highest-rated show Monday, The Winner Is was up 12% in adults 18-49 from NBC’s premiere of the Mark Burnett-produced Stars Earn Stripes on August 13 last year and down a tenth from the season finale of previous slot occupant Revolution last week. The top summer debut so far on any network, The Winner Is runs for one more Monday before moving to Thursdays on July 11.

A two-hour live performance edition of The Voice (3.2/10) served as The Winner Is‘ undoubtedly helpful lead-in. The night’s most-watched show with 11.54 million viewers, Voice dipped 3% from last week, tying a performance show low as the final five contestants of this season sang two tunes each heading into tonight’s results. As is typical with live shows, though, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later today. With 9.89 million watching, NBC won the night in total viewers and adults 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Revolution’ Rises In Finale, ‘Mistresses’ Debuts Soft, ‘The Voice’ Even, ‘Bachelorette’ Hits Low

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 9:03am PDT

The revolution was televised after all — or at least the first season of it. With blood, guts, power and a true blast of a cliffhanger, NBC’s Revolution (2.0/5) wrapped its freshman cycle last night with a 5% bump over last week. Despite a big break over the winter, the JJ Abrams-produced post-apocalyptic drama was the second-highest-rated new show of the 2012-2013 season after Fox’s The Following in the adults 18-49 demo. Not counting last night’s finale, the show’s most current season averages are a 4.2/11 rating with 10.9 million viewers overall. It helped NBC win Monday in total viewers and the demo.

On ABC and also at 10 PM,Mistresses (1.2/3) began its summer run after being pushed back from its scheduled May 27 debut. The steamy soap starring Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan was watched by just 4.42 million viewers and was the lowest scripted debut for ABC in almost two years — since the one-season Combat Hospital premiered on June 21, 2011. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelorette’ Premiere Hits Series Low, ‘Voice’ Falls To New Low, ‘Goodwin Games’ Flat

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT

The first full week of the summer season has begun and for two of the Big Four that meant a full slate on Memorial Day. On ABC, The Bachelorette (1.9/5) was back with a two-hour Season 9 premiere. The beginning of former Bachelor contestant Desiree Hartsock’s search for love started off down 27% from Season 8′s 90-minute premiere on May 14, 2012. That show was a lead-out from Dancing With The Stars. Head-to-head with NBC’s The Voice on Monday, last night’s Bachelorette was the lowest season debut in the show’s history. Monday’s season debut was also down from the 3.0/9 of Season 8’s finale on July 22. The Bachelorette season premiere was followed by a 20/20 (1.3/4) special hosted by Barbara Walters. 

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On NBC, The Voice (3.1/9) had judge Blake Shelton performing his new single, a rendition of Adele’s Skyfall Bond theme from one of the contestants, and more from the remaining finalists in anticipation of tonight’s chopping of the last 8 to 6. Continuing six straight weeks of decline, Monday’s Voice was down 11% from last week’s show. That’s a new all-time series low for a performance episode. However, the show was the highest-rated and most-watched (10.88 million viewers) of the night. Also, by the nature of live events, expect an adjustment in the final ratings later today. Following The Voice as usual, Revolution (1.9/5) was even with its May 20 episode. NBC won the night in total viewers (9.410 million) and adults 18-49.  Read More »

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