TV Ratings: 'Bachelorette' Jumps Ahead of Finale


Monday's penultimate episode of The Bachelorette drew the show's biggest audience in more than a month, leading an otherwise fairly quiet night on the broadcast networks. Monday Night Football led all of primetime, drawing a slightly bigger audience than it did a week ago.

The Bachelorette averaged 4.95 million viewers — the most since Tayshia Adams' first appearance on the ABC show on Nov. 10 — and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, up 0.1 from last week. Both figures led the broadcast networks in primetime by a healthy margin.

A rerun of The Neighborhood on CBS finished second in both total viewers (4.22 million) and adults 18-49 (0.6). The only other originals — CBS' special Kid of the Year (1.43 million viewers, 0.2 in 18-49) and Fox's Next (1.16 million, 0.2) and Cosmos: Possible Worlds (941,000, 0.2) — drew modest audiences.

ESPN's Monday Night Football telecast delivered 12.72 million viewers who watched the Cincinnati Bengals upset the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was up slightly from 12.41 million viewers last week, and improved by 15 percent over the same week a year ago.

Outside of football, The Rachel Maddow Show led the cable chart with 3.38 million viewers, and MSNBC finished second to ESPN in primetime. WWE Monday Night Raw on USA led the non-NFL cable rankings in adults 18-49, averaging 0.5 over its three hours.

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