New Fox Show Bounces Back in Tight Monday Ratings Battle TVbytheNumbers

Monday night saw an unusually tight battle in the broadcast ratings, with two networks tying for first place in the key 18-49 demo, based on Nielsen overnights. reports that ABC and CBS finished deadlocked for prime time overall with 2.8 average ratings in viewers 18-49, followed closely by Fox (2.5 average), with NBC a little further behind in fourth place (1.8). The race for total viewers was just as tight, with ABC barely ahead of CBS -- 9.3 million to 9.2 million. Fox was third with 8.3 million, followed by NBC with 4.8 million.

Fox saw its new show “The Following” bounce back after a down week, improving 17% to a 2.8 average rating in 18-49. Fox’s “Bones” was down 5% with a 2.1.

ABC was led by its two-hour “The Bachelor” with a 3.0 in the 18-49 demo, up 11% from a week ago. ABC’s “Castle” also rose, scoring a 2.2 average, a 10% improvement.

CBS had mixed results, with “How I Met Your Mother” up 6% to a 3.4 in adults 18-49, “2 Broke Girls” down 6%, also with a 3.4, “Mike & Molly” up 3% for a 3.1, “Rules of Engagement” steady with a 2.8 and “Hawaii Five-0” down 5% to a 2.0.

NBC saw its two-hour “Biggest Loser” improve 5% from last week’s season low to a 2.1 in 18-49, while “Deception” held steady with a 1.2.