Don't blame Desiree for 'Bachelorette' ratings

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ABC’s The Bachelorette returned to its lowest premiere ratings ever Monday night, but should Desiree really get the blame?

This is the first time Bachelorette has faced NBC’s The Voice. Plus, recent seasons have debuted with a Dancing With the Stars lead-in, and it was the Memorial Day weekend. So Bachelorette fell 27 percent this year, yet faced a serious uphill battle (find EW’s recap here).

Over on NBC, The Voice has been on a downward trajectory going into its home stretch, falling the last six Mondays in a row among adults 18-49: 5.2, 4.9, 4.3, 4.1, 3.8, 3.5 and now a 3.1. Still, the Top 8 performance show was easily strong enough to win the night. Revolution was steady.

On Fox, summer burn-off comedy The Goodwin Games was flat with last week’s debut, basically matching repeats of Raising Hope and New Girl. Full chart:

 ADULT DEMO RANK ADULTS 18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000_
FOX 8:00P RAISING HOPE R #10 0.7 1,765
8:30P GOODWIN GAMES #11t 0.6 1,366
9:00P NEW GIRL R #11t 0.6 1,323
9:30P MINDY R #11t 0.6 1,296
ABC 8-10P BACHELORETTE P #2t 1.9 5,883
10-11P 20/2 S #4 1.3 5,606
CBS 8:00P HIMYM RS #8t 0.9 3,595
8:30P RULES RS #8t 0.9 3,661
9:00P 2 BROKE GIRLS RS #7 1.0 4,214
9:30P MKE&MLY RS #5t 1.2 4,669
10-11P HI 5-0 RS #5t 1.2 4,989
NBC 8-10P VOICE S #1 3.1 10,876
10-11P REVOLUTION S #2t 1.9 6,479
CW 8-10P MEMORIAL DAY S #14 0.4 1,529
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