Ratings: ‘The Bachelorette’ Can’t Catch a Break

Tony Maglio and Jennifer Maas
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Poor Clare Crawley. Last week, the coronavirus-delayed debut of Crawley’s season of “The Bachelorette” faced a freak Tuesday night NFL football game, a make-up contest also caused by COVID-19. Last night, the ABC dating competition faced off with Game 1 of the 2020 World Series on Fox. Fortunately, there isn’t what we would call an enormous amount of crossover between professional sports audiences and those who watch “The Bachelorette,” but there are only so many TVs to go around. Also fortunate for ABC (and for NBC, which aired “The Voice”), Dodgers-Rays Game 1 appears to be on pace to post a new all-time-low audience for a World Series opening game — and possibly for any Fall Classic contest on record. Also Read: Early Ratings: World Series Game 1 on Track for Record Low, Down 5 Million Viewers From 2019 Fox was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/11 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those Nielsen numbers were put up by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays’ first game of the 2020 World Series, which aired throughout primetime. NBC and ABC tied for second...

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