The Bachelor this Monday night drew 8.7 million total viewers and a 2.7 demo rating (per finals), ticking up to new season highs and marking gains of 9 and 17 percent versus a year ago.
Closing ABC’s night, Castle‘s two-parter kick-off — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “A” — did 7.4 mil and a 1.6, rising two tenths to an 11-week high.
UPDATE: The time slot premiere of AMC’s Better Call Saul drew 3.4 million viewers and a 1.6 rating, down a good 50 percent from its zombie-boosted Sunday debut, but matching 10 o’clock rival Castle in the demo.
THE CW | Ticking up to 1.34 mil and a 0.6, Jane the Virgin bested lead-in The Originals (which slipped 18 and 29 percent to 1.22 mil/0.5).
NBC | Leading out of a clip show (4.6 mil/1.2), Celeb Apprentice‘s fresh hour (4.9 mil/1.4) fell a good 30 percent from last week’s double pump. The penultimate State of Affairs (4 mil/1.0) in turn slipped 15 percent and a tenth.
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FOX | Gotham (5.6 mil/1.8) dipped a tenth and bubble drama Sleepy Hollow (3.9 mil/1.2) slipped 11 percent and two tenths, with both shows hitting series lows.
CBS | Broke Girls (9 mil/2.3) dipped a tenth, Scorpion (11.5 mil/2.3) and Mike & Molly (9.2 mil/2.2) were steady. NCIS: LA (10.4 mil/1.7) drew its second-largest audience of the season while steady in the demo.