8:27am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Low 'Bachelor' Doesn't Dampen 'Good Doctor'
The latest season of The Bachelor seems to showing some atypical ratings fatigue.
Monday's episode of the venerable dating show, the second of its 22nd cycle, ticked down to a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers. Sure, it was enough to win the night for ABC but its demo score still only matched a repeat of The Big Bang Theory. For the season, The Bachelor is tracking more than 30 percent shy of the comparable openers in 2016.
The Good Doctor returned the schedule with its new lead-in, still a stronger one than it's used to with Dancing With the Stars, and saw no fatigue. It averaged a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, flat with its last showing before the holiday hiatus, and 8.2 million viewers.
The competition was not terribly robust, likely because many didn't want to go head-to-head with ESPN's surging coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship. NBC was the lone broadcast rival, airing new episodes of The Wall (1.0 adults), Better Late Than Never (0.8 adults) and The Brave (0.6 adults).