Ratings: Castle Returns Up, Deception Wins Time Slot With Not-So-Revolutionary Numbers

TV Review: NBC's DeceptionIt was a crowded house indeed for Castle, as the ABC series’ winter premiere drew this Monday’s largest audience with 8.6 million total viewers, while rising two tenths in the demo to a 1.9 rating.

Castle however was edged out for the 10 o’clock demo win by NBC newbie Deception, which opened to 5.6 mil and a 2.0 — down sharply from time slot predecessor Revolution‘s own launch (11.7 mil/4.1) and fall finale (8.5 mil/2.9), both of which of course benefited from a much beefier lead-in (The Voice) than The Biggest Loser. (Will you stick with Deception? Vote in our poll!)

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Speaking of the peacock’s weight-loss series, with 6.3 mil and a 2.4, TBL shed 9 and 17 percent of Sunday’s premiere numbers.

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Elsewhere, ABC’s The Bachelor returned to 6.8 mil/2.3, down 12 percent and a tenth from its year-ago premiere, while The Mob Doctor‘s series finale did 3.3 mil and a 0.9, up 37 and 125 percent from a week ago.

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