While we criticized CBS for their decision to air repeats for their entire primetime lineup Monday, we say that primarily as someone who doesn’t care for sports. The College Football Championship between Alabama and Clemson on Monday night generated more than likely huge ratings, and there was a fear that it would swallow some other shows whole. It certainly did do some damage against most of the shows that were airing.
The winners – The NCAA. Didn’t you see what we just said? They had a chance to make millions upon millions of dollars with huge ratings for the game on ESPN. There’s so much more we could say about this, but this isn’t really the right venue for it.
We’re going to go ahead and classify “The Bachelor” as a winner just for getting a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic against the competition. Sure, the rating is still down versus the premiere, but there are some extenuating circumstances.
The losers – The “Bachelor” aftershow “Bachelor Live” drew only a 1.0 rating, which means that this show is consistently losing half the viewership. It’s still comparable to “Castle,” but we’re not sure ABC decides to bring this back even if it is relatively dirt-cheap to make versus some other shows they could be putting on the air.
The other programs on the night struggled in their own way. “Superstore” (1.5) continues to show at least a little bit of life, but “Telenovela” is pretty much dead at this point. Meanwhile, “The Biggest Loser” (1.0) is shedding viewers much in the same way that its contestants are shedding pounds.
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