Ratings: ABC’s “Quantico” Rises But Remains Weak With “Bachelor” Lead-In

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Airing at 10PM Monday night, the midseason premiere of ABC’s “Quantico” received strong lead-in support from ABC’s hit “The Bachelor.”

Clearly benefiting from the scheduling shift, “Quantico” posted its best viewership number since very early in the season.

Unfortunately, the audience figure was still nothing about which to write home.

According to national data posted by Showbuzz, Monday’s “Quantico” drew a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating and 2.91 million total viewers. The episode was up from the fall finale (0.7, 2.29 million) and actually the most-watched “Quantico” since the October 16 episode.

The numbers are not, however, impressive by conventional television standards. They are also well below the show’s typical first season levels — ratings that were achieved with far weaker lead-in support in the original Sunday timeslot.

Monday’s “The Bachelor,” which led into “Quantico,” drew a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and 7.32 million total viewers. No Sunday “Quantico” ever received as much lead-in support.

“Quantico” does fare well with DVR and multi-platform viewers, but it is hard to imagine ABC being thrilled with the show’s live+same-day performance.

Written by Brian Cantor

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