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Monday Ratings: ‘Gotham,’ ‘Scorpion’ Back With Best Scores in Months

Rookie hits “Gotham” on Fox and “Scorpion” on CBS, each of which was heavily promoted the previous day during their respective network’s NFL playoffs coverage, kicked off the new year Monday by delivering their best ratings in months. The night also saw NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” looking good as it bowed in its regular timeslot, finishing neck and neck with ABC’s premiere of “The Bachelor,” which took a tumble from last year.

ABC and CBS tied as the night’s top-rated network in adults 18-49, with the Eye pulling ahead in adults 25-54 as well as total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, Fox’s “Gotham” (2.5 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) was Monday’s No. 1 show in adults 18-49, rising 9% (0.2) from its final original of 2014 and outperforming “Almost Human” in the comparable hour a year ago (1.8) by nearly 40%. This was the Batman prequel’s top 18-49 score since its third episode (Oct. 6) and its largest overall audience since its second episode (Sept. 29)

Sophomore “Sleepy Hollow” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) continues to drop off from there, though it was up a tick vs. its prior original.

CBS’ “Scorpion” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) was a tick behind “Gotham” for the night in 18-49 while standing as the top show on any network in both adults 25-54 (3.3/8) and total viewers. It was up 20% (0.4) from its most recent original in December, logging its top demo score since Oct. 20 and its largest overall audience since its second episode (Sept. 29).

The Eye kicked off the night with solid numbers for half-hours “2 Broke Girls” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), both of which matched or set season highs in all categories. And following “Scorpion” at 10 p.m., “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall) was No. 2 in its hour in 18-49 and tied “The Bachelor” for No. 1 in adults 25-54 (2.8/7); this matched the vet’s top demo score since it bowed in its new time period on Sept. 29.

ABC’s three-hour premiere of “The Bachelor” averaged a 2.2/7 in 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers overall, increasing with each hour and standing as the clear 18-49 winner from 10 to 11. Still, it was down 18% (0.5) from its year ago premiere, which faced lesser competition and no firstrun reality shows.

NBC has to be pleased with the performance of “Celebrity Apprentice” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), whose regular timeslot premiere grew 24% vs. the premiere of the previous cycle nearly two years ago (1.7) and was also up 17% vs. its second episode of that cycle (1.7). Despite an earlier start time and tough reality show competition from “The Bachelor,” “Apprentice” retained 91% of the prior night’s premiere in 18-49 (2.3); the shows tied head to head in 18-49.

This cycle of “The Celebrity Apprentice” has now delivered the show’s two highest ratings since the May 2012 finale.

The good Peacock vibe did not extend to 10 p.m., though, as “State of Affairs” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) merely matched its most recent score, which is its lowest to date.

CW aired repeats of “The Originals” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.2/7; CBS, 2.2/6; Fox, 2.0/6; NBC, 1.7/5; Univision, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.7/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.0 million; ABC, 7.7 million; NBC, 5.9 million; Fox, 5.7 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Telemundo, 1.7 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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