By James Hibberd
May 31, 2011 at 05:34 PM EDT

ABC’s Extreme Makeover spin-off Weight Loss Edition had a strong debut in the ratings Monday night, despite its The Bachelorette lead in dropping sharply this week.

Weight Loss had 7.1 million viewers and a 2.3 preliminary rating in the adult demo at 10 p.m., up 28 percent from the season premiere of True Beauty in the slot last year.

That’s enough to rank Weight Loss as the highest-rated show of the night, which is particularly impressive since it grew from its lead-in — The Bachelorette (7.1 million, 2.1), which was down 23 percent from last week’s premiere. For those who missed Weight Loss, here’s the trailer:

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