Ratings: Bachelorette Opener Drops Vs. 2012, HBO's Liberace Hits High Notes, Longmire Strong

Ratings Bachelorette PremiereThe season premiere of The Bachelorette: Desiree Edition drew 5.9 million total viewers and a 1.9 rating on Monday night, down 27 percent from the dating show’s year-ago opener — which aired during sweeps and followed a DWTS final dance-off — to hit an all-time low.

A special 20/20: Royal Babies Are Royally Magical* led out of that with a 1.3.

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Over on NBC, The Voice‘s Top 8 sing-off did a 3.1, slipping 11 percent week-to-week. Revolution‘s penultimate freshman hour capped NBC’s night with a 1.9, unchanged from its previous outing. Coil guns!!!

Broadcast TV’s only other original Monday night fare, Fox’s The Goodwin Games, matched its series premiere’s 0.6 rating.

UPDATE: Turning to cable fare, A&E’s The Glades return to 3.3 million total viewers (up 6 percent from its Season 3 premiere), while Longmire corraled 4.3 mil, matching its freshman finale and up 6 percent from the series’ debut. Among Longmire‘s crowd were 1.1 million adults 18-49 (up 12 percent versus the Season 1 premiere).

Rewinding to Sunday, HBO’s Behind the Candelabra drew 2.4 million viewers aka the most watched HBO Film premiere since 2004′s Something the Lord Made (which did 2.6 mil). Across two plays for the night, the Liberace telepic amassed 3.5 million viewers.

* Title paraphrased

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24 Comments
  1. Greg says:

    if you’re gonna say Bachelorette premiere hit all time low, it’s only fair to give context. Last year’s premiere to which you said it dropped 27 percent from, was on the last Monday of sweeps. It aired 9-11 and followed DWTS performance finale which got a 3.1. Bachelorette’s second ep last year aired on Memorial Day Monday and got a 1.8 in prelims. Last night Bachelorette had a 1.9 in prelims.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Done-diddly-done! (Though ABC of course opens itself up to any and all such comparisons when not deeming a program worthy to open during sweeps.)

      • Greg says:

        I don’t understand. It’s a summer show. The only week that ever airs “in season” is the premiere. If anything, that number isn’t real since it airs later 9-11, not its regular 8-10 time period (and not Daylights savings time affected 8p) and has a mammoth 15 million lead in. Premiere was up over the same night last year, and it had zero competition last year since there was no Voice. Would seem like comparing apples to oranges to make proclamations about how much it has fallen since last years premiere when the circumstances are entirely diferent.

    • Mark says:

      Desiree was an awful choice. I didn’t like her on the Bachelor and will tune out for this season of the Bachelorette. Wish Bachelor Pad was on this summer though :(

      • Soapstef says:

        I gotta disagree. I love Desiree! The problem isn’t her at all. For whatever reason the producers are playing an awful joke on her with these complete losers they picked for her! Then we somehow ended up with two dudes that look like Jason Wade from Lifehouse. I know most people that I’ve been chatting with say they missed the premiere because of the holiday. I’d say scheduling was the main problem with the premiere.

  2. Esaul says:

    Wasn’t expecting much from Revoution. I’m surprised that it didn’t go down. I wonder how NBC is feeling with the steady decline.

    • Neicey says:

      It’s their own fault for taking it off the air for so long. I loved it before the hiatus, now I have lost interest.

      • B says:

        Talk about a momentum-killer. It just doesn’t make sense to take off a hot new show for so long and expect people to stick around, especially since there are so many options out there today with quality cable shows, etc. NBC can promo the heck out of everything, but if no one is watching the network to see the promos…

        I sometimes think the NBC programming execs might be taking a cue from The Producers, in that they are doing their best to come up with a failure, from which they will somehow profit. With all of the terrible mistakes they have made, how can they possibly be trying to succeed?

  3. Alienate says:

    Looks like a lot of peeps were watching Glades and Longmire! Both had good season openers.

  4. emily says:

    I really wish the goodwin game rating would pick up, because i am loving that show. It has an amazing cast, and i would like to see where there characters are heading.

    • Meg says:

      Unfortunately most people view Goodwin Games as a one and done kind of deal so people don’t want to get invested.

  5. wrstlgirl says:

    Loved last night’s episode of Revolution, those weapons are wildly scary :-) Also loved the premieres of The Glades and Longmire. Missed those shows over the winter.

  6. Jason says:

    Frankly, it’s idiotic to make viewers sit thru a re-tread loser each time. Especially when the chick is as dippy-looking as this one. Maybe the guys are cute, but she sure ain’t. Fail.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      I believe ABC once went on record as saying it is much easier to market a Bachelor/ette reject than educate the viewership on someone brand new. Ergo, snake eating its tail.

      • Leah says:

        This is so true. I have friends addicted to the never-ending Bachelor/ette cycle because they always know who the person is going into it. IT. NEVER. ENDS.

      • Allyson says:

        When was the last time the Bachelor/Bachelorette had an original one? Frankly I can’t recall the last time it wasn’t a previous reject. So at the end of the show they can do away with the whole we are casting for the next bachelor promo, b/c it is a waste of time.

  7. Liz says:

    I really enjoy Goodwin Games. I wish more people watched and that it had a full season. So many places for it to go!

  8. Chris says:

    Matt – what were the actual viewership numbers for Bachelorette last night? I know our viewing/drinking parties just keep getting bigger and bigger…

  9. Jere says:

    I would have watched it, had they picked Rachel Trueheart.

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