ABC’s “The Bachelor” picked up some steam on Monday, matching its best score in four airings this month and leading the net to a demo victory on a night that also saw CW’s rookie series “Jane the Virgin” continue its slow and steady rise.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Bachelor” averaged a 2.2 rating/6 share in 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., up a tenth from last week to what appears to be a season high (it looks likely to hit a 2.3 in the nationals). Head-to-head, it beat NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), which was about on par with last week and placed second in 18-49 for the time period; compared to the fourth episode of its prior cycle in 2013, last night’s episode was up about 15%.

NBC rookie drama “State of Affairs” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) continues to perform sluggishly behind “Celebrity Apprentice,” down a tenth from last week and unable to beat repeats on the competition.

At CW, “The Originals” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) both were up a tick from last week.  The former hit a season high in total viewers, while the latter drew its largest overall audience since its series premiere and matched or set highs in adults 18-34 (0.6/2), women 18-34 (0.9/3) and women 18-49 (0.9/2).

For the night, CW had its most-watched Monday in more than three years (since “Gossip Girl” and “Hart of Dixie” in the fall of 2011).

CBS scored in Monday’s opening hour with its annual “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), which rose 11% (0.2) from last year for the special’s best performance in five years. It was followed by repeats of “Scorpion” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), which delivered as many young adults as original episodes of timeslot competitors “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox and “State of Affairs” on NBC, respectively.

The Eye dominated the night in total viewers, winning each half-hour.

Fox’s “Gotham” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) was down a tick to its low but remained the night’s top series in both men 18-49 and men 18-34. “Sleepy Hollow” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) was up a tenth to avoid matching its low of last week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 1.8/5; Fox, 1.7/5; NBC, 1.6/5; CBS, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.2/4; CW, 0.7/2; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 8.7 million; ABC, 6.9 million; NBC, 5.8 million; Fox, 5.2 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.