TV Ratings Monday: ‘The Bachelor’ hits season highs with finale

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, March 5, 2018

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.5/9 11.46
The Bachelor (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – F 2.2/8 7.84
Kevin Can Wait (CBS) 1.1/4 6.29
Lucifer (FOX) 0.7/3 3.12
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.4/2 1.19
8:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) 1.0/4 5.87
9 p.m. The Resident (FOX) 0.9/3 4.03
Superior Donuts (CBS) 0.8/3 5.11
iZombie (The CW) 0.2/1 0.77
9:30 p.m. Living Biblically (CBS) 0.7/3 4.42
10 p.m. Good Girls (NBC) 1.3/5 5.42
Scorpion (CBS) 0.8/3 5.46


The “shocking twist” on the season finale of “The Bachelor” kind of lived up to its billing Monday, and as a result the show earned its best ratings of the season.

The three-hour finale drew a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49, up 0.4 vs. last week and half a point better than the show’s season average. It was also, however, half a point behind last year’s finale.

Head to head from 8 to 10 p.m., “The Voice” topped “The Bachelor.” The NBC show fell 0.3 from its premiere but still scored the best 18-49 rating of the night at 2.5. “Good Girls” (1.3) dipped two tenths from its debut, a pretty good retention given the heavier “Bachelor” competition.

“The Resident” rose a tenth to 0.9 on FOX, but “Lucifer” ticked down to 0.7. CBS’ “Living Biblically” (0.7) was down a tenth in its second week; “Superior Donuts” (0.8, -0.1) also declined, while “Kevin Can Wait” (1.1, +0.1) improved a bit and “Man with a Plan” and “Scorpion” held steady.

“iZombie” dropped a tenth to 0.2 in its second week on The CW. “Legends of Tomorrow” matched last week’s 0.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.2/8 2.1/8 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.84 9.45 5.44 3.52 1.26


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.7/4, 2.1/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.6/7

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
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Source: The Nielsen Company.