Chris Harrison-Less ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Premiere Tops Monday Ratings, but Is 2nd in Total Viewers

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Chris Harrison-Less ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Premiere Tops Monday Ratings, but Is 2nd in Total Viewers

ABC brought back “Bachelor in Paradise” (but not Chris Harrison) last night, maintaining its momentum on Mondays. The dating competition was off last summer amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At 10 p.m., the Disney-owned broadcast network wrapped up Season 1 of “Celebrity Dating Game.” There was significantly less love in the air for that one. NBC ranked second in primetime last night, according to Nielsen numbers, airing two hours of “American Ninja Warrior” and one of “The Wall.” ABC was first in ratings with a 0.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 2.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Bachelor in Paradise” from 8 to 10 p.m. averaged a 0.8 rating and 3.1 million total viewers. At 10, “Celebrity Dating Game” got a 0.4 rating and 1.8 million total viewers. Harrison temporarily stepped aside from the program in February after fans called into question the show’s handling of race and criticized Harrison for an interview in which he appeared to defend a contestant’s racist actions. Harrison has apologized for the interview, saying he is “dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.” He exited the franchise completely on June 8,...

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