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’24’ Finale, ‘Under the Dome’ Rise Monday; Quiet Bows For CW’s ‘Backpackers,’ ‘Seed’

Monday was a good night for scripted dramas, as Fox’s finale of “24: Live Another Day” perked up in its finale and CBS’ “Under the Dome” posted gains to reclaim its status as the night’s top show in demos. It was a quiet start, meanwhile, for CW’s “Backpackers” and “Seed” as the net dipped its toe into the comedy waters with icy initial results.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, Fox won Monday in demos behind “MasterChef” (1.8 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), which led its hour in young adults but was down about 10% from last week. It was followed by the finale of limited series “24: Live Another Day” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall), which hit a six-week high in 18-49, tying ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in the demo while winning outright in adults 25-54 (2.2/6) and all male categories.

At CBS, repeats of comedies “2 Broke Girls” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), “Mom” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), “Mike & Molly” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) and “The Big Bang Theory” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) were followed by “Under the Dome” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall). In the third week of its second season, “Dome” bounced back by 12% (0.2) from last week’s low to win its hour — and stand as the night’s top show — in 18-49, 25-54 (2.5/7) and total viewers.

NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” continues to have a strong summer (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), matching last week’s 18-49 score while delivering the show’s largest audience to date for a regular episode. It gained in 18-49 with each half-hour, edging past “Under the Dome” at 10:30 (1.9 to 1.8). A repeat “Last Comic Standing” opened the night for NBC (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall).

Two weeks from its finale, ABC’s “The Bachelorette” was about average (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), tying with Fox for the 18-49 lead from 8 to 10 p.m. and winning in all female demos as well as total viewers. Closing the night for the net was drama “Mistresses” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), which was on par with last week and a distant third among the broadcasters at 10; still, it was up about 5% in total viewers from the comparable night a year ago.

At CW, “Whose Line Is It Anyway” continues to perform pretty well (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) but more than half that audience tuned out for the premiere of “Backpackers” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall), a comedy about two friends traveling across Europe that originated as a digital series. A repeat “Whose Line” followed at 9 (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall), and the net’s night concluded with the premiere of “Seed” (0.2/0 in 18-49, 0.5 million viewers overall), a scripted comedy about a sperm donor who connects with the families of his recipients.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 1.7/6; ABC and CBS, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.7/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 6.0 million; CBS, 5.8 million; ABC, 5.7 million; NBC, 4.6 million; Univision, 2.8 million; Telemundo, 1.6 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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