The return to originals of Fox’s Gotham brought a little jolt to an otherwise sleepy Monday night. Underscoring how hard it is to go in and out of repeats with serialized dramas — making two uninterrupted half-seasons possibly the best option for broadcast drama series — Gotham‘s first original episode in more than a month drew a 1.5 among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals last night, down -25% from its last outing March 2. Gotham, of course, is a heavily DVR-ed show, so many viewers probably didn’t know it was new tonight and will watch it when they check their recordings. A new Gotham boosted The Following (1.1), up +22% from last week’s series low with a Gotham repeat lead-in. That is still soft for the thriller drama, even with the expected DVR bump, solidifying the show’s status as being heavily on the bubble.
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Elsewhere last night, NBC’s (2.8) was down a tenth from last week. The Night Shift (1.4) was even.
CBS’(1.8) and Mike & 1.8) both matched their most recent originals. Scorpion (1.9) was down a tenth, : Los Angeles (1.6) up a tenth.
ABC’s (2.1) was up a tenth. ABC won the night in total viewers (11.2 million), while NBC was No. 1 in 18-49 (2.4).
The CW’s lineup was likely inflated by a baseball pre-emption in New York. The Originals (0.6) and Jane The Virgin (0.6) are currently both up (+20, +50%) from last week, but that will change in the finals.
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