The good news for ABC in Monday’s prime-time ratings was that a franchise show returned with its season premiere and rolled to a dominant win for the night. The bad news: The win came against severely depleted competition on the other broadcast networks.
Much of what aired on broadcast prime was repeat programming, as the networks took a breather to avoid competing with the BCS National Championship Game between Florida State and Auburn, which aired on ESPN.
ABC’s "The Bachelor" steamrolled its broadcast competition, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo. TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the two-hour season premiere delivered a 2.7 average rating. up 17% from last season’s premiere. Leading out from it, "Castle" had a season-low 1.8, off 14% from its most recent original episode.
Fox’s only fresh show was "Almost Human," which ticked up 6% from its previous original to a 1.7 in 18-49, good enough to help Fox to a third-place overall finish in prime time behind ABC and Univision.
CBS opened prime time with an hour of repeats before rolling out the two-hour series finale of "Hostages," which equaled the show’s season low with a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo, off 17% from the show’s previous original.
NBC’s all-repeat lineup produced a fifth-place overall finish, with the best number being a 1.1 for "The Blacklist."
The overall numbers for broadcast prime show ABC comfortably ahead in the 18-49 demo with a 2.4 average, followed by Univision (1.4 average), Fox (1.3), CBS (1.2) and NBC (1.0). In total viewers it’s again ABC on top with 8.6 million, ahead of CBS (5.2 million), Fox (4.5 million), NBC (4.2 million) and Univision (3.5 million).