Ratings: Castle Returns Strong, Scorpion Steady, Gotham and Blacklist Dip, NCIS: LA Drops In New Slot

Csatle Season 7 Premiere Ratings

ABC’s Castle — with football preemptions now factored out — on Monday night returned to 10.8 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating (per finals), matching its previous premiere (11.5 mil/2.2) in the demo and up from its May finale (10.6 mil/2.1). TVLine readers gave the episode an average grade of “B+.”

Castle matched its highest-rated premiere since 2011 and equaled its highest-rated episode since April 2013 (Season 5’s “The Squab and the Quail”).

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Opening ABC’s night, Dancing With the Stars (12.5 mil/1.8) was down 18 percent in the demo week-to-week. (Read recap.)

Elsewhere….

NBC | The Voice (12.9 mil/4.0) ticked up from its premiere for the first time since Season 3, while The Blacklist (10.5 mil/2.8) opposite stiffer competition slipped 13 and 18 percent from its premiere.

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CBS | The Big Bang Theory (16.4 mil/4.8) slipped 9 and 11 percent from its season premiere. Even with a Big Bang repeat (12.3 mil/3.1) for a lead-in, Scorpion (13.4 mil/3.1) dipped just 3 percent and a tenth from its debut. NCIS: Los Angeles christened its new night with 10.5 mil and a 1.9, down sharply from its Season 4 premiere (16.4 mil/3.) and finale (14.9 mil/2.5), but improving (slightly) on Hostages‘ year-ago debut in the time slot (7.4 mil/1.8).

FOX | Gotham (7.5 mil/2.8) dipped 8 and 12 percent from its debut, while Sleepy Hollow (5.1 mil/1.7) was down 7 and 15 percent.

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THE CW | The iHeartRadio thing drew 820,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating.

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