ABC has its best Monday of season

'Bachelor,' 'Castle' help net catch CBS; Fox's 'Following' rises

ABC’s “The Bachelor” surged to season highs for a second straight week Monday, teaming with “Castle” for the net’s best performance on the night in 10 months. The Alphabet caught CBS for the lead among adults 18-49.

Monday was also a good one for Fox’s “The Following,” which bounced back from its low of last week.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Bachelor” averaged a 3.0 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 9.2 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., rising 11% from last week and the best non-finale delivery for the series in nearly two years. The dating show placed a close second to the CBS comedy block in 18-49 — pulling ahead at 9:30 p.m. (3.3/8) — while winning in adults 18-34 (2.7/8).

And at 10, “Castle” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) was also on the upswing, matching its season high with the first half of a two-part episode that concludes next week.

ABC, which had its best young-adult showing with regular Monday programming since last March, tied CBS for the night’s lead in adults 18-49 and also edged out the Eye in total viewers.

For CBS, leadoff hitter “How I Met Your Mother” remains the standout (3.4/10 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), rising week to week to dominate its timeslot, ruling as Monday’s top show in adults 18-34 (3.0/10) and the only series on any network to deliver a double-digit 18-49 share on the night. It was followed by “Rules of Engagement” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), “2 Broke Girls” (3.4/8 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall), which tied “Mother” as Monday’s No. 1 show in 18-49 rating, and “Mike & Molly” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall), which retained a very strong 91% of its demo lead-in and was the night’s most-watched program overall.

Closing out Monday for CBS was “Hawaii Five-0” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall), which placed a close second among the Big Four in the 10 o’clock hour.

Fox’s “Bones” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) was down slightly from last week, but rookie drama “The Following” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) built nicely on the vet and grew 17% week to week in 18-49. For a fifth straight week, the Kevin Bacon-fronted series was Monday’s No. 1 drama among 18-49ers.

At NBC, “The Biggest Loser” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) was up slightly from last week and matched its comparable performance of a year ago (when the show aired on Tuesday). It was followed by “Deception” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), which held at its modest level.

CW’s “The Carrie Diaries,” which looked like it was picking up steam a few weeks ago, dipped this week (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall). Still, it performed much better than 9 p.m. vet “90210” (0.2/0 in 18-49, 0.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC and CBS, 2.8/7; Fox, 2.5/6; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.6/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 9.4 million; CBS, 9.2 million; Fox, 8.3 million; NBC, 4.8 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 0.9 million.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety