Ratings: Extreme-ly Soft Lead-In Sets Up Castle for New Low, Bones and Broke Girls Drop

Bones-Ep817-The_Ghost_in_the_machine_sc-2_0115Quick, Castle, unwrap your early Christmas present from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition… Hey, it’s a big lump of coal!

Hampered by a super-soft lead-in — two hours of EM:HE that averaged 4.4 million total viewers and barely a 1.0 demo rating aka barely a third of what Dancing With the Stars last drummed up — ABC’s Castle was forced to a new series low this Monday, sliding 19 and 15 percent to 8.4 mil and a 1.7.

Castle thus placed third in the 10 o’clock hour being NBC’s Blake Shelton holiday special (on par with Revolution at 9 mil/2.8) and a fresh Hawaii Five-0 (9.2 mil/2.2).

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NBC’s The Voice was the night’s double champ, topping all comers in both total viewers (with 12 mil) and in the demo (dipping 7 percent to a 3.9).

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Elsewhere on Monday:

* On CBS, How I Met Your Mother (8.2 mil/3.0) was down 9 percent. 2 Broke Girls, leading out of a softer repeat this Monday (i.e. one of its own vs. Big Bang), dropped 15 percent from last week’s season high to 10.1 mil/3.5. In turn, Mike & Molly (10.2 mil/3.1) fell 14 percent. The aforementioned Five-0 lost 11 percent in total audience and ticked down in the demo.

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* The 150th-ish episode of Fox’s Bones (7.3 mil/1.9) was down 9 and 21 percent. Mob Doctor (3.35 mil/0.8) returned to its ailing ways, dropping 15 and 27 percent.

* The 100th episode of 90210 (1.04 mil/0.5) gained a few eyeballs while flat in the demo. Gossip Girl (800K/0.3) dropped a tenth.