The launch of a new season of "The Bachelor
" and the time period premiere of "The Biggest Loser
" helped ABC and NBC split a Monday night on which the biggest program was probably ESPN's airing of the BCS National Championship.
Among other notables, NBC's series premiere of "Deception
" got off to an OK start, winning its hour among young viewers and avoiding a big half-hour drop.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.2 rating, nipping ABC's 2.1 rating in the key demographic. CBS was third with a 1.4 key demo rating, while FOX's 0.9 rating and the 0.4 rating for The CW trailed for Monday night.
Overall, though, ABC came out on top with a 5.0 rating/7 share and 7.4 million viewers for Monday primetime. NBC was second with 6.1 million viewers and a 3.9/6, with CBS' 3.7/5 and 5.37 million viewers taking third. FOX's 2.4/3 and 3.77 million viewers beat the 937,000 viewers and 0.6/1 for The CW.
8 p.m. - The first hour of the "Bachelor" premiere topped the 8 p.m. hour overall for ABC with 6.57 million viewers and came in second with a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was second with 6.33 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.3 key demo rating. Repeats of "How I Met Your Mother" and "2 Broke Girls" averaged 5.13 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating for CBS, well ahead of the 4.24 million viewers and 0.9 key demo rating for a "Bones" repeat on FOX. The CW's repeat of "Hart of Dixie" averaged 1.01 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - "The Bachelor" remained in first overall for the 9 p.m. hour with 7.06 million viewers and improved to a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 to tie for the hour lead. NBC's "Biggest Loser" also averaged a 2.4 key demo rating and came in second with 6.345 million viewers. CBS' repeats of "2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly" averaged 6.01 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo rating in third. On FOX, a new "Mob Doctor" averaged 3.3 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating. The CW's repeat of "Beauty and the Beast" averaged 864,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "Castle" averaged 8.58 million viewers to win the 10 p.m. hour for ABC, but finished second with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Deception" was second with 5.62 million viewers and averaged a 2.0 key demo rating to take the hour. CBS' repeat of "Hawaii Five-0" was third with 4.96 million viewers and 1.1 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.