Good day highvoltageblond!
No question about it, The Bachelorette was an ABC ratings blockbuster.
It came in at #13 on Nielsen's 2002-2003 season ratings list, tied
with Will & Grace with 10.7% of American households tuning in.
Viewership was highest among females aged 18-34.
A brief word on Nielsen ratings:
Nielsen ratings are comprised of two numbers: the rating and the
share. Here's the distinction:
- Ratings indicate the percentage of American households with
televisions who watched a given program
- Shares represent the viewership percentage among households who
actually had their TVs ON.
Confusing, I know! Essentially, it's the viewership percentage among
households who own TVs versus program viewership on TVs in use in a
given time slot.
For the Bachelorette season finale alone, ABC estimates that 30
million viewers tuned in to at least a portion of the show.
You can view the top 20 shows for 2002-2003, along with their ratings,
For ABC's official Bachelorette website, including episode guides and
a "date diary," visit
For more on Nielsen ratings, there's a helpful article called "What
are Nielsen ratings?" at
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All the best!