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Sorry, Charlie: Bachelor's Ratings Stink | The Bachelor: Charlie

Sorry, Charlie: Bachelor's Ratings Stink

Originally posted 03/30/2005 08:50AM

RATED: In its season premiere Monday night, the two-hour edition of ABC's The Bachelor, starring Charlie O'Connell (brother of Crossing Jordan's Jerry), proved that the honeymoon is over for the dating-game franchise. The show averaged a disappointing 8.26 million viewers, according to preliminary ratings, putting it in fourth place in the 9-10 p.m. timeslot and only a slightly better third place from 10-11 p.m. In better news for its network, the new Sunday night series Grey's Anatomy, with Sandra Oh, attracted 16.2 million viewers for its premiere this week, following the return (after a five-week hiatus) of Desperate Housewives. The week's top show was Tuesday's American Idol, with nearly 28 million viewers.

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