TV ratings: 'The Bachelor' premiere rises vs. last year, 'Almost Human' up too

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bachelor-ratings-jan-6-14.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

Monday night's biggest TV program -- the BCS national championship game on ESPN -- didn't air on a broadcast network. However, a couple of the originals that did air on the broadcast nets did reasonably well.

The season premiere of "The Bachelor" on ABC was up a good amount from its debut a year ago, and it in turn helped "Castle" lead its hour across the board. FOX's "Almost Human" improved on its most recent original episode as well. The finale of "Hostages," however, dipped some for CBS.

ABC delivered 8.6 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/8 share in households for the night. CBS (5.2 million, 3.5/5) came in second, beating out FOX's 4.5 million viewers and 2.7/4. NBC (4.2 million, 2.8/4) finished fourth, and The CW (631,000, 0.4/1) was well off the pace.

The adults 18-49 title also went to ABC, whose 2.4 rating was almost double the 1.3 of second-place FOX. CBS posted a 1.2, NBC a 1.0 and The CW a 0.2.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC:
"The Bachelor" season premiere (8.45 million viewers, 5.5/8 households)
FOX: "Almost Human" (6.2 million, 3.8/5)
CBS: "2 Broke Girls" rerun (6.8 million, 4.3/6)/"Mom" rerun (5.2 million, 3.4/5)
NBC: "The Blacklist" rerun (4.5 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: "Hart of Dixie" rerun (740,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "The Bachelor" (2.6)

9 p.m.

ABC:
"The Bachelor" season premiere (8.5 million, 5.6/8)
CBS: "Hostages" season finale (5 million, 3.4/5)
NBC: "The Blacklist" rerun (3.9 million, 2.6/4)
FOX: "Sleepy Hollow" rerun (2.75 million, 1.7/2)
The CW: "Beauty and the Beast" rerun (522,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "The Bachelor" (2.8)

10 p.m.

ABC:
"Castle" (8.8 million, 5.7/9)
CBS: "Hostages" season finale (4.7 million, 3.2/5)
NBC: "The Blacklist" rerun (4.2 million, 2.7/4)

18-49 leader: "Castle" (1.8)

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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Photo/Video credit: ABC