The 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.
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