TV Ratings: 'Bachelor in Paradise' Scores Best Ever Premiere
Michael O'Connell - Hollywood Reporter
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August 17, 2017

'Bachelor in Paradise' cast (Paul Hebert/ABC)

After a solid two months in the news cycle, thanks to a brief production shutdown, Bachelor in Paradise finally returned to ABC on Monday — scoring a premiere high and topping all of the night's original series in the process.

The two-hour episode averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers. Compared with the most recent premiere, which aired on a Tuesday, that's up 7 percent in the key demo. It's an incremental boost, to be sure, but it's also within one-tenth of a ratings point from the franchise's all-time high set during the third-season finale.

Bachelor in Paradise, now in its fourth season, briefly closed up shop on its Mexico shoot in June after allegations of misconduct on set. An investigation from producers Warner Bros. ultimately proved that no wrongdoing had occurred and production resumed on a slightly tightened schedule.

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