ABC may be making a mistake by airing The Bachelor so soon after The Bachelorette.
The veteran reality series launched its 25th season Monday night with 5 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the demo.
The previous season launched with 6.1 million viewers and a 1.9 rating in the demo.
These numbers mark the lowest-rated premiere ever.
But given that the series typically builds as it progresses, the show could recoup some of the losses.
ABC aired a sneak preview of the new reality series, The Hustler, and it did 2 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.
Over on CBS, it was an up night as its roster of original programming returned on the night.
But all four shows delivered their most-watched episodes of the season, powering CBS to a season-high on the night.
NBC went with Ellen’s Game of Games (3.1 million.0.6 rating) and The Wall (2.5 million/0.5 rating).
Over on FOX, the finale of LA’s Finest did 1.4 million viewers and a 0.3 rating.
The series was recently canceled by Spectrum and the ratings on FOX have been nothing to write home about.
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