It was a relatively quiet night in primetime on the Big 4 with everyone wanting to stay out of the way of the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship over on ESPN. That was a pretty good call as Ohio State’s 42-20 win over Oregon proved to be a ratings record breaker for the sports cabler.
It was mainly the battle of the reality competition series with a 2-hour The Bachelor (1.7/5) dominating ABC’s night and an equally as long The Celebrity Apprentice (1.7/5) holding court on NBC. The former saw some bikinis, Chris Soules go on his first date of this season and, after some eliminations, 18 contestants left in the looking-for-love contest. On the second week of the new season of the latter, we got a glimpse of what it would look like if Geraldo Rivera and Kate Gosselin were a married couple, and of course the Trumpster sent two people packing.
Among adults 18-49, Bachelor was down 23% from its January 5 season 3-hour premiere. Granted it’s in early numbers but that’s a series low for the show. All things considered with the usual Week 2 falloff and the big game on ESPN, Celebrity Apprentice had a pretty easy 15% stumble from last week.
After that reality, it was time for some drama on ABC and NBC with Castle (1.4/4) and State of Affairs (0.8/2). Back from winter break and slipping 7%, the long running crime drama was fairly steady with its last original on December 8. While both shows hit lows in fast nationals, with Castle tied with its worst result, the Katherine Heigl freshman fell harder. The struggling State of Affairs was down 20% from last week. Its fellow Disney-owned ESPN won the night overall but ABC was the top broadcast network of Monday with a 1.6/4 rating among the demo. Thanks in no small part to the 10.05 million watching a The Big Bang Theory (1.9/6) encore at 8 PM, CBS topped the night among viewers with 7.216 million total viewers.
With Fox repeating the Empire (0.8/2) pilot and a Sleepy Hollow (0.5/1) episode and The CW running the first two episodes of its Golden Globe winning freshman Jane The Virgin, the only other network with anything new on last night was CBS – and that was only show in its lineup. Following that BBT encore, a new Mike & Molly (2.1/6) at 8:30 PM had a small 5% dip from its January 5 show. Coming off a season highs last week, the comedy was the highest rated show of the night on the Big 4 on Monday.