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Monday Ratings: ‘Bachelor,’ ‘Apprentice’ Hit Highs; ‘Gotham’ Dips to Low

Monday was a good night for veteran reality shows “The Bachelor” on ABC and “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, both of which hit season highs. CBS half-hours “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike & Molly” were on the high end as well, with all of these gains coming at the expense of Fox’s “Gotham,” which has lost some momentum in the new year.

Meanwhile in latenight, NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” built off its high-rated post-Super Bowl episode with a ratings surge on Monday as it began a special week of telecasts from Los Angeles.

The show’s 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 (based on Nielsen’s 25 markets with Local People Meters) is its top Monday rating since May 2013 and beat the combined scores of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.7) and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” (0.5).

Looking at primetime, according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Bachelor” rose 9% (0.2) from last week to hit a season high in 18-49 and rule as the night’s top show in 18-49. That growth spurt didn’t help “Castle” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall), though, as the veteran drama was down a tick from its most recent original and clearly is not as strong with the dating show as a lead-in; its episodes behind “Dancing With the Stars” in the fall averaged a 1.8 in 18-49.

At NBC, “Celebrity Apprentice” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) placed second for its two-hour block, jumping 17% (0.3) week to week and logging the show’s best regular-timeslot result of this edition. In fact, this is the best regular-timeslot result for the program since May 2012 and its largest overall audience since February 2012.

“Apprentice” was up 40% in 18-49 (2.1 vs. 1.5) and 48% in total viewers (6.9 million vs. 4.7 million) vs. its fifth week of the prior cycle in 2013, and last night’s telecast outscored all 12 telecasts of that edition.

“State of Affairs” capped the night for NBC (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), placing third among the Big Three and matching the show’s best demo score without a lead-in from “The Voice.”

Fox’s “Gotham” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) was down one or two tenths from last week (depending on if it edges up as expected to a 2.0 in the nationals) for its lowest score to date. Though it remains one of the stronger DVR gainers, “Gotham” has now dropped with each of its last three telecasts after opening 2015 with a good 2.5 rating.

And “Sleepy Hollow” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) matched its low, and finished behind a repeat of CBS rookie drama “Scorpion” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall).

In the opening hour for CBS, “2 Broke Girls” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) matched their season highs in 18-49 (finishing on par with “The Bachelor”) while winning the hour outright in adults 25-54. This was also the largest audience of the season for both shows, which stood as two of Monday’s top three programs in total viewers.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” had a strong finish to the night for CBS (1.7/5 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall), rising 0.2 from last week even though it had a weaker, repeat lead-in this time around. It beat ABC’s “Castle” by 0.3 in 18-49 even though the latter had a considerably larger 18-49 lead-in (2.6 vs. 1.5).

At CW, “The Originals” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) were about average, with the latter down a tick from last week when it matched its high.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.1/6; CBS, 1.8/5; NBC and Fox, 1.7/5; Univision, 1.1/3; CW, 0.6/2; Telemundo, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.2 million; ABC, 8.1 million; NBC, 6.2 million; Fox, 5.1 million; Univision, 2.9 million; CW, 1.4 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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