Castle Ratings Season 8

Ratings: Castle Returns Steady in Demo, But Smallest Audience Ever

The good-ish news: ABC’s Castle resumed Season 8 on Monday night with a 1.1 demo rating (per finals), matching its fall finale and up a tick from what The Bachelor‘s live after-show most recently pulled in the time slot.

Less good: Castle‘s total audience of 5.72 million viewers marks a drop-off of 15 percent (or a full million), easily hitting a series low. TVLine readers gave the midseason opener an average grade of “B.”

Opening ABC’s night, The Bachelor (8.6 mil/2.5) was up 13 percent and a tenth, hitting season highs.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

CBS | Supergirl (7.9 mil/1.8, average grade “A-“) surged 17 and 20 percent from last week’s lows. A bananapants! episode of Scorpion (11.4 mil/2.1) drew its third-largest audience of the season and rose two tenths in the demo. NCIS: LA (9.8 mil/1.6) ticked up to tie its season high in the demo.

FOX | The X-Files (8.3 mil/2.5) dipped but still led the night in the demo. Lucifer (5.5 mil/1.7) slipped 9 and 15 percent.

THE CW | Crazy Ex (1.01 mil/0.4) drew its largest audience of the season and was steady in the demo, while Jane the Virgin (940K/0.3) dipped on both counts.

NBC | Superstore (5.2 mil/1.4) was steady, while Telenovela (3.3 mil/0.9) and Biggest Loser (3.8 mil/1.1) ticked up.

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