TV ratings: 'The Bachelor' and 'Castle' propel ABC to viewers win, tie with CBS in the demo

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castle-recap-dressed-to-kill-beckett-wedding-dress-stana-katic-abc.jpg Fast National ratings for Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

"The Bachelor's" dramatic episode earned the reality dating show its best demo rating since the premiere on Jan. 6, while "Castle" came back from a week off with its total viewers up 10 percent over the last new episode.

Elsewhere, "The Following" dipped a little more after taking a tumble last Monday. Its lead-in of a new episode of
"Almost Human" also dropped some from its last new episode.

ABC was the winner on the night, edging out CBS by 26,000 viewers -- 8.799 million for ABC and a 5.8 rating/9 share in households to CBS' 8.773 million and a 5.6/9. FOX was third with 6.1 million viewers and a 3.8/6, while NBC, without a new "Blacklist," was fourth with 3.8 million and a 2.4/4. The CW trailed with 1 million viewers and a 0.7/1.

Thanks largely to the second hour of "The Bachelor," ABC tied CBS for the win in the 18-49 demo with a 2.4, followed by FOX (1.8), NBC (1.1) and The CW (0.4).

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

"How I Met Your Mother" (9.3 million viewers, 5.8/9 households)/"2 Broke Girls" (9.2 million, 5.6/8)
ABC: "The Bachelor" (8.1 million, 5.5/8)
FOX: "Almost Human" (6.4 million, 4.0/6)

NBC: "Hollywood Game Night" season finale (4.9 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: "Hart of Dixie" (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "How I Met Your Mother" (3.3)

9 p.m.

"Mike & Molly" (10.2 million, 6.4/10)/"Mom" (9 million, 5.5/8)
ABC: "The Bachelor" (8.4 million, 5.6/8)
FOX: "The Following" (5.8 million, 3.6/5)
NBC: Special - Sports Illustrated: 50 Years of Beautiful (3.2 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: "Beauty and the Beast" (81,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "The Bachelor" (2.7)

10 p.m.

ABC: "Castle" (9.9 million, 6.4/11)
CBS: "Intelligence" (7.5 million, 5.0/8)   

NBC: Special - Sports Illustrated: 50 Years of Beautiful (3.2 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: "Castle" (2.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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