Ratings: Bachelor Returns Up But Castle Slips, Hostages Finale Down, Almost Human Rises

Ratings Bachelor PremiereABC has a Juan-ner on its hands with its new Bachelor.

The lonnnng-running dating series opened its new season on Monday to 8.5 million total viewers and a 2.7 rating, up 21 and 17 percent from the year-ago premiere and leading all of the night’s comers in the demo. The Bach’ also fueled ABC’s best Monday night of the 2013-14 season in the demo.

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Leading out of that, Castle retained 8.8 mil and a 1.8, down 23 and 14 percent from its fall finale, which aired out of a better-watched DWTS (14.6 million viewers).

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Elsewhere, CBS’ Hostages finale drew 4.8 mil and a 1.0, down 6 percent and two tenths, and Fox’s Almost Human (6.2 mil/1.7) rose 17 percent and a tenth.

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