TV Ratings: 'Bachelorette' Hits Finale Low, NBA Opener Steady

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Tayshia Adams with Zac Clark

The finale of The Bachelorette hit an eight-episode high in total viewers Tuesday — but it was also the show's least watched season ender by a sizable margin. Nonetheless, the ABC show still topped the night's primetime ratings on the broadcast networks, while on cable the NBA season opener brought in an audience comparable to the 2019 tipoff.

The Bachelorette finale drew 5.52 million viewers, the most for the show since Nov. 5, and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. The summer 2019 season, by comparison, earned 7.48 million viewers and a 2.1 in the 18-49 demographic for its final episode.

CBS got solid numbers from a pair of game show holiday specials: The Price Is Right averaged 5.4 million viewers and a 0.8 in the demo, and Let's Make a Deal followed with 4.48 million and a 0.7. Fox's Next finished its season with two episodes that averaged 1.06 million viewers and went 0.3/0.2 in the key demo.

The first two games of the NBA season on TNT averaged 2.87 million viewers, slightly ahead of the 2.85 million for the opening night of the 2019-20 season in October 2019. The late game (Clippers-Lakers) averaged 3.08 million viewers and led all of TV in adults 18-49 with a 1.3 rating. The first game of the doubleheader (Warriors-Nets) brought in 2.7 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo. The Rachel Maddow Show had cable's biggest total audience of the day with 3.49 million people watching MSNBC at 9 p.m.

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