9:33am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Paradise' Finale Grows, 'Better Late Than Never' Still Holding
It's never too late for a success story, and one of the best TV ratings narratives of summer 2016 seems to have come in right under the wire.
Better Late Than Never, NBC's travelogue about a few old celebrities traversing Asia, has the distinction of being the only new summer entry to hold its premiere score for a solid three weeks. The third episode again pulled a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, tying it for the No. 2 telecast of the night in the key demographic. And, again, it held that score with a smaller lead-in from America's Got Talent. The competition series averaged a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49, off a little more than 10 percent from the prior Tuesday.
A short order at just four episodes, the finale of Better Late Than Never airs next week.
Bachelor in Paradise signed off of another season on ABC. The show, recently renewed for a fourth run, was steady with the previous summer finale and up from the prior Tuesday outing. It averaged a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. Talker After Paradise also was improved, if steady with 2015, for a 1.1 rating in the key demo.
The night's other new entries were slim. CBS' Zoo, airing back-to-back episodes, pulled a 0.8 and a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49.
On The CW, MadTV earned a 0.2 rating in the key demo.