TV Ratings: NBC Wins First Night After the Olympics

'America Ninja Warrior' returns high, as ABC's 'Bachelor in Paradise' reaps the rewards of less competition.
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'American Ninja Warrior'

NBC continued its strong summer showing on Monday night. With two-plus weeks of the Olympics now behind the network, it still won its first primetime block after its dominant sports coverage.

American Ninja Warrior, Monday's top draw among adults 18-49, rose 22 percent from its last original outing. It matched a season-high 2.0 rating in the key demo and took in nearly 7 million viewers. Lead-out Running Wild With Bear Grylls (1.3 adults) held steady at 10 p.m.

ABC, which also aired all originals on Monday night, saw Bachelor in Paradise climb to a season-high 1.6 rating in the key demo after premiering against the Rio Olympics two weeks ago. Mistresses was not quite so revived, pulling just a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49.

So You Think You Can Dance also failed to get a boost from the Olympic absence. The two-hour Fox competition averaged a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49.

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