Ratings: The Bachelor Droops, Castle Rises - Plus Downton Abbey's Premiere Numbers

In its second week, and facing less original competition (i.e. no new CBS comedies), The Bachelor dropped 8 percent from its season opener, delivering 7.2 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating.

In fact — and not to pile on poor Ben — CBS repeats out-rated The Bach in both hours, and Fear Factor matched the ABC dating series in the 9 o’clock hour.

A few other notes, before we dive into the ABC day here at the Television Critics Association press tour:

* NBC’s Who’s Still Standing? (6.2 mil/1.6) was up 11 and 7 percent, while Fear Factor (5.47 mil/2.2) dipped 8 percent to hit a season low.

* Castle, with 9.75 million total viewers and a 2.3 rating, was up 21 and 15 percent from its last fresh episode/season low. (How cute was that Lanie/Esposito “reunion” at the church?)

* Rewinding back to Sunday, as promised here are the Downton Abbey Season 2 premiere numbers: The acclaimed PBS series drew 4.2 million viewers. Abbey‘s return doubled the average PBS primetime rating and exceeded the show’s Season 1 average by 18 percent.

What were you watching Monday night?

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