Ratings: Castle and The Bachelor Hit Season Highs, The Following Rises, 90210 Is (Zip) Coding

Ratings The Following RisesFox’s The Following scared up better numbers this Monday night, delivering its first week-to-week gains since Episode 2.

Drawing 8.3 million total viewers and a 2.8 demo rating, the thriller saw increases of 6 and 17 percent. It also served up quite the cliffhanger. UPDATE: Finals upped the demo to a 2.9.

Leading into that, Bones (8.3 mil/2.2) was flat.

ABC’s The Bachelor (9.2 mil/3.0) gained 8 and 11 percent week-to-week to net a new season-high demo rating of 3.0 and its best non-finale numbers since March 2011. Leading out of that, Castle (9.7 mil/2.3, per finals) rose 8 and 15 percent, scoring its own season-high rating.

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Over on CBS, How I Met Your Mother (8.9 mil/3.4) ticked up two tenths, Rules of Engagement (8.1 mil/2.8) dropped a handful of eyeballs, 2 broke Girls (10.1 mil/3.4) was down 7 percent and two tenths and Mike & Molly (10.3 mil/3.1) inched up a tenth. Hawaii Five-0 (9 mil/2.0) dipped a bit to place second behind Castle..

NBC’s The Biggest Loser (5.6 mil/2.1) ticked up a tenth, while Deception (3.2 mil/1.2) was flat.

The CW’s Carrie Diaries (1.2 mil/0.4) was steady in audience and ticked down a tenth in the demo, but 90210 dropped 24 percent and a tenth, to 500,000 viewers (!) and a 0.2 (!!) rating.

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