ABC stands strong with 'Bachelor,' 'Belt' bows

Fox won the night Monday with a low-scoring Fiesta Bowl between Boise State and TCU, but ABC had to be happy with the premiere of the new season of “The Bachelor” and the backdoor pilot of “Conveyor Belt of Love.”

The three-hour bowl game won by the Broncos drew a 4.2 rating/11 share, with 12.8 million viewers tuning in. Fox, which sees significant traction with college and pro football, returns to the field tonight when it telecasts the Orange Bowl between Georgia Tech and Iowa.

At 8 p.m., ABC’s two-hour “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” (3.3/8, 9.5m) saw a slight uptick from the premiere of last cycle’s “Bachelor” that debuted a year ago. It was the most-watched opener since April 2007 and earned the highest 18-34 demo of the night. Following “The Bachelor,” dating reality skein “Conveyor Belt of Love” (2.7/7, 6.5m) might have gotten enough traction for the Alphabet to give it a series order.

CBS, which normally wins Mondays with new episodes of its 8-10 p.m. sitcom lineup — “How I Met Your Mother,” “Accidentally on Purpose,” “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” — and “CSI: Miami,” offered repeats of all in deference to the football game. Despite being a rerun, “Big Bang” (3.5/8, 10.9m) and “Men” (3.2/8,11.9) were still highly competitive in the demo.

CSI: Miami” (2.4/6, 9.9m) was good enough to defeat NBC’s “The Jay Leno Show” (1.5/4, 4.2m) at 10 p.m. Earlier, Peacock offered a two-hour return of “Heroes,” which drew a 2.2/5, 4.9m.

On the CW, “One Tree Hill” (0.4/1, 1.2m) and “Gossip Girl” (0.3/1, 731,000) were also in reruns.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.2/11; ABC, 3.1/8; CBS, 2.7/7; NBC, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: Fox, 12.8 million; CBS, 9.4 million; ABC, 8.5 million; NBC, 4.8 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1 million.

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