10:09am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Bachelorette' Finale Hits Season High, Down From 2017
The Bachelorette perked up to its strongest ratings of the summer for Monday night’s three-hour ABC finale, but the series still saw diminished returns from the wrap-up from 2017.
Despite skating alongside the year-ago ratings performance for most of the season, Becca Kufrin’s final episode was down 14 percent from the previous cycle’s ender — averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. Total viewership hit nearly 6.7 million, with both of those numbers marking season highs for this cycle of the venerable dating competition. It also helped ABC trounce the rest of the broadcast competition for the night.
Season-to-date, The Bachelorette has averaged a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers in live-plus-three day returns.
The closest competition came from NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. The reality show managed a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers, steady despite the increased competition from The Bachelorette — which, it should be noted, was up a strong 35 percent from the Men Tell All special the week prior. NBC also had a new episode of Dateline (0.7 adults).
Fox put out a new So You Think You Can Dance (0.6 adults), while CBS offered up dramas Salvation (0.3 adults) and Elementary (0.4 adults). On the CW, Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.3 adults) and Whose Line Is It Anyway (0.2 adults) were both steady.