It was the battle of the premiers Monday night and this time, The Bachelor emerged victorious. In 2019, the brand new America’s Got Talent: The Champions premiere earned a 1.8/7 rating in the key 18-49 demo with 9.97 million viewers, while The Bachelor garnered a 1.5 with 5.13 million viewers. Fast forward a year later, and the competition reality shows’ positions reverse. Last night, The Bachelor earned a 1.8 in the key demo, while AGT: The Champions fell a full 1/2 point to a 1.3. OUCH.
Could the recent bad publicity around NBC and the AGT franchise have dampened the ratings? Or is Champions the kind of show that wears out its welcome quickly. After all, the series is basically an all-star show. Imagine if Survivor or Big Brother ran two series a year, one featuring all-stars. Franchises typically utilize the all-star format sparingly.
Still, the recent negative publicity surrounding former judge Gabrielle Union’s workplace complaints seemed to tamp down the usual promotional push for the show. The controversy could not have come at a worse time for “Champions.” (Not to be flip about it. Toxic workplace behavior needs to be outed whenever it happens.)
As far as The Bachelor/Bachelorette is concerned, last night’s numbers continues the upward trendline of the past few cycles.
The Bachelor (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – P 1.8/9 6.03
America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.3/6 8.03
The Neighborhood (CBS) 0.9/5 6.91
9-1-1 (FOX) – R 0.4/2 2.57
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.67
Bob Hearts Abishola (CBS) 0.8/4 6.70
All Rise (CBS) 0.5/3 5.91
Prodigal Son (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.44
Crisis Aftermath (The CW) – R 0.1/0 0.28
Manifest (NBC) – P 0.9/5 4.77
Bull (CBS) 0.6/3 6.20