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TV Ratings: ‘Golden Bachelor’ Earns a Rose From Viewers

The premiere of The Golden Bachelor on ABC delivered a decent sized audience on Thursday — one larger than the most recent edition of its parent series, in fact. Thursday Night Football, meanwhile, continued its strong early-season results for Amazon’s Prime Video.

The Golden Bachelor, in which 72-year-old widower Gerry Turner looks for love among a group of age-appropriate women, drew 4.36 million viewers for its series premiere Thursday. That’s 47 percent higher than the premiere of the 27th edition of The Bachelor in January (same-day Nielsen ratings do not include streaming).

What’s more, despite featuring an older cast, The Golden Bachelor drew nearly as many younger viewers as The Bachelor did eight months ago: Thursday’s show averaged a 0.62 rating among adults 18-49, almost equaling the 0.65 for the season 27 Bachelor premiere.

The Golden Bachelor was the top show on the broadcast networks Thursday night in both total viewers, beating out the 3.9 million for NBC’s People’s Choice Country Awards, and adults 18-49, topping the 0.5 rating for Big Brother on CBS.

Thursday Night Football averaged 13.48 million viewers for Prime Video (and local stations in home markets for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers), a 15 percent improvement on the same week a year ago. The first three telecasts of the season have recorded the three biggest audiences of TNF‘s streaming era, which began last year.

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