'The Bachelor' Premiere Recap: Nick Viall Meets 30 Women

Nick Viall met 30 women in the season premiere.

— -- It's a new year and there's a new man at the helm of "The Bachelor": Nick Viall.

The ABC reality series started off with a bang on Monday night, with Viall, a two-time "Bachelorette" runner-up, making his first round of eliminations.

First, viewers were given a little of the back story about this season's star.

The next year, Viall returned to the show to woo Katelyn Bristowe and became one of the most talked-about contestants after he slept with her during filming. However, Bristowe ultimately chose Shawn Booth instead. Then, this past summer, Viall gave finding-love-on-TV one last go on "Bachelor in Paradise," but he broke things off with Jen Saviano in the season finale.

So, before embarking on his first night in the "Bachelor" mansion, Viall sought advice from his family and past "Bachelor" stars Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins. Higgins, who also appeared on Bristowe's "Bachelorette" season, admitted that Viall has grown up a lot since his reality TV debut and advised him to be himself.

"To the fourth time being a charm," Higgins said, raising his glass to Viall.

After getting to know Viall a bit better, viewers were introduced to a few of the contestants.

During the cocktail party, the women vied for Viall's attention. Corrine was the first to steal a kiss, though Viall admitted it made him uncomfortable. "Quite honestly, I hope no women saw us," he told the camera. Meanwhile, Liz delighted in the fact that she didn't think Viall remembered her from the wedding, though he did, and he was confused as to why she'd want to appear on the show rather than just call him.

Ultimately, the first impression rose went to Rachel, with whom he shared his second kiss.

"There are no words," she said wistfully afterward.

During the rose ceremony, Viall sent Angela, Ida Marie, Briana, Olivia, Lauren, Susannah, Michelle, and Jasmine B. home.

"The Bachelor" returns next Monday on ABC.