TV Ratings Monday: 'The Bachelor' Premiere Up, 'Castle' Down, 'Almost Human' Rises, 'Hostages' Finale Ties Low

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January 7th, 2014

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/6 1.4/3 1.3/3 1.2/3 1.0/2 0.2/0
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/6 1.1/3 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.583 3.506 4.475 5.229 4.188 0.631

 ABC was number one in Adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, the season premiere of The Bachelor earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating up 17 percent from a 2.3 for last season’s premiere. Castle scored a season low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating down 14 percent from a 2.1 for its most recent new episode on November 25. Your predictions were far too optimistic. Fan excuse bingo players will note it aired opposite the end of a suspenseful BCS game.

On FOX, Almost Human garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 6 percent from a 1.6 on December 16.

On CBS, the two hour series finale of Hostages matched its season low with a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 17 percent from a 1.2 on December 16.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, January 6, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC The Bachelor (8-10PM) - Season Premiere 2.7/7 8.48
NBC The Blacklist - R 0.9/2 4.50
FOX Almost Human 1.7/4 6.20
CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.7/4 6.83
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.2/1 0.74
8:30 CBS Mom - R 1.3/3 5.18
9:00 CBS Hostages (9-11PM) - Series Finale 1.0/3 4.84
NBC The Blacklist - R 0.9/2 3.88
FOX Sleepy Hollow - R 0.8/2 2.75
CW Beauty & the Beast - R 0.1/0 0.522
10:00 ABC Castle 1.8/4 8.79
NBC The Blacklist - R 1.1/3 4.19

- via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/4; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.4/1; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Almost Hanging in there?

    Did the riveting BCS game cause Castle to crumble?

  • John A

    If Almost Human dont drop more Fox will probably renew it.

  • zap

    rockboy, seriously? you really think a CBS show earning a 1.0 in its ”season” finale still has a chance at renewal?

  • Jason

    8:00 p.m.

    ABC – The Bachelor (season premiere)
    Viewers: 8.28 million (#1), A18-49: 2.5/ 7 (#1)

    CBS – 2 Broke Girls (R)
    Viewers: 6.83 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 4 (#2t)

    NBC – The Blacklist (R)
    Viewers: 4.76 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

    Fox – Almost Human
    Viewers: 6.25 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#2t)

    CW – Hart of Dixie (R)
    Viewers: 855,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


    8:30 p.m.

    ABC – The Bachelor (season premiere)
    Viewers: 8.62 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#1)

    CBS – Mom (R)
    Viewers: 5.18 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 3 (#3)

    NBC – The Blacklist (R)
    Viewers: 4.23 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#4)

    Fox – Almost Human
    Viewers: 6.15 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7/ 4 (#2)

    CW – Hart of Dixie (R)
    Viewers: 626,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 0 (#5)


    9:00 p.m.

    ABC – The Bachelor (season premiere)
    Viewers: 8.34 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#1)

    CBS – Hostages (series finale)
    Viewers: 5.19 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#2)

    NBC – The Blacklist (R)
    Viewers: 3.99 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#3)

    Fox – Sleepy Hollow (R)
    Viewers: 2.88 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#4)

    CW – Beauty and the Beast (R)
    Viewers: 575,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 0 (#5)


    9:30 p.m.

    ABC – The Bachelor (season premiere)
    Viewers: 8.69 million (#1), A18-49: 2.8/ 7 (#1)

    CBS – Hostages (series finale)
    Viewers: 4.84 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#2t)

    NBC – The Blacklist (R)
    Viewers: 3.76 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#3)

    Fox – Sleepy Hollow (R)
    Viewers: 2.61 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#4)

    CW – Beauty and the Beast (R)
    Viewers: 469,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.1/ 0 (#5)


    10:00 p.m.

    ABC – Castle
    Viewers: 8.85 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#1)

    CBS – Hostages (series finale)
    Viewers: 4.66 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 2 (#3)

    NBC – The Blacklist (R)
    Viewers: 4.31 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#2)


    10:30 p.m.

    ABC – Castle
    Viewers: 8.72 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 4 (#1)

    CBS – Hostages (series finale)
    Viewers: 4.66 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2t)

    NBC – The Blacklist (R)
    Viewers: 4.08 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2t)

  • Matt M.

    No one needs to worry about Castle at all, in all honesty. It just doesn’t work with Bachelor. It shares the above 50+ audience with DWTS. This is what happens to Castle every year. When DWTS is on in the fall, it does extremely well with above 11 million viewers and above a 2.0, because both the DWTS audience and its core 18-49 audience watch it. Once DWTS goes on hiatus, only Castle’s CORE 18-49 audience sticks around to watch in the winter and early spring. Then once DWTS returns in the spring, both Castle’s core 18-49 audience and the DWTS audience watch it. So therefore, if Castle didn’t have DWTS as a lead-in AT ALL, these would probably be its usual numbers. That and the fact that ABC didn’t even promote its return.

    Don’t worry, because Castle is in A MUCH better place than most ABC dramas. One of the most consistent and steadiest on television.

  • Holly

    @Matt M.,

    Once DWTS returns, it’ll be back to its usual, dominant low 2?s

    Considering Blacklist beats Castle by nearly a full point, you might want to rethink your definition of “dominant.”

  • James

    Castle shouldn’t have started back up with a show featuring it’s secondary characters. It should have went with a Nathan Fillion centered episode.

  • Dan

    @rockboy, don’t expect an announcement, Hostages will simply never show up on the CBS schedule ever again. It is sleeping with the fishes.

  • Matt M.

    @Holly …

    I mean dominant as the most-watched scripted television series on Monday night. It always beats TB in viewers. You also didn’t include my full statement. I said dominant low 2’s and above 11 million viewers.

  • Matt M.

    The Bachelor premiered really well. I believe last year, its premiere was below 7 million viewers and around only a 2.0. Shows that at least ABC long-running reality shows actually have a chance. (AFV, Bachelor, SharkTank, DWTS)

  • Deana

    Good for Almost Human, hopes the show gets a second season. Not worried about Castle at all. Hostages should have been a cable show, IMO.

  • DenverDean

    Fan Excuse Bingo players will note (Castle) aired opposite the end of a suspenseful BCS game.

    And, yet, TB 10 pm repeat went from 0.9 (at 9 PM) to a 1.1 (at 10 PM). Kind of shoots down that theory.

  • rockboy

    @HeadlessHorseman @zap @Dan
    Of course I know that! And I didn’t watch it! :)

  • Jared

    I didnt even know that Castle was back. I was watching Teen Wolf on MTV instead.

  • Wagner

    Such a great episode of Castle and ratings were that low, but I think is for the best, the show has been meh since season 5.

  • Chris

    Castle had a great first-run lead-in, and no competition to speak of, with nearly everything in repeats.

    So even if it goes up in finals, this is laughably bad for a series that has had the same timeslot for its entire run, and benefits from heavy syndication.

  • Zapbob

    Watched game live
    Castle on DVR

  • Dawn


    Castle had no competition to speak of??? I guess 26+million viewers from the 2013 BCS championship (and probably higher this year)is no competition. Good to know. It will increase in the weeks to come. I am not worried.

  • Holly

    @Matt M.,

    Castle hit 11 million a grand total of three times this fall, and spent most of the fall neck-and-neck with Blacklist for total viewers.

    It is in no danger of cancellation, but neither is it “dominant.”

  • Dennis

    wonder how low The Blacklist will go next week?
    Season low for sure… maybe 2.5 is my guess

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