TV ratings: 'Castle' tops a quiet Monday on broadcast, BCS title game will lead night

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castle-ratings-010912.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, Jan. 9, 2012

The biggest program on TV Monday night was, without a doubt, college football's BCS title game. But that aired on ESPN, and its ratings won't be available until later Tuesday.

What we know now is that the return of "Castle" to ABC helped the network score a win among the broadcast networks, as CBS went with a slate of reruns for the night.

ABC drew 8.1 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/8 share in households Monday night, beating CBS (7 million, 4.6/7) by a little over a million viewers. NBC (4.9 million, 3.0/4) took third. FOX was fourth with 3.3 million viewers and a 2.1/3, and The CW scored a shade under 800,000 viewers and a 0.6/1 with its reruns.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, ABC's 2.2 rating was just good enough to beat CBS' 2.1. NBC finished third at 1.5, followed by FOX, 1.1, and The CW, 0.3.

Photo/Video credit: ABC