The two-hour "Bachelor" premiere, introducing Juan Pablo Galavis and the 27 competing women, drew an average of 8.48 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.7 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
"The Bachelor" was the highest-rated nonsports telecast of the night in the advertiser-coveted young adults demographic, and came in second in total viewership. The episode increased its rating 17% from last year's opener in the demo and hit a three-year high for a "Bachelor" premiere in both total viewership and the 18-49 category.
CBS' "Hostages" continued its poor showing in back-to-back episodes, including its finale. The 9 p.m. episode drew a 1.1 rating, while the finale earned a 1.0. The last episode lost to a rerun of NBC's
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