Fox’s Gotham returned last night for its first episode since January 30. Some fans must have not gotten the message, as the DC drama drew a preliminary 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 (Live+Same Day), down 0.2 from its last original. If the numbers hold, it would be a new L+SD low for the series, which is on the bubble for renewal. Gotham‘s strength is in delayed/on-demand viewing, so it is possible to make up the ratings drop down the line. And Gotham‘s fast national demo rating was still up a tenth from the finale of 24: Legacy in the 8 PM slot last Monday. At 9 PM, new Fox midseason entry APB (0.7) ticked up a tenth in its season and likely series finale. UPDATE: Gotham rose a tenth in the finals to a 1.0 demo rating, trying a L+SD low.
Reality veterans The Voice (1.9 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers) on NBC and Dancing With The Stars (1.6, 10.3 million) on ABC once again topped the night, both series off a tenth in 18-49 from last week’s early numbers. At 10 PM, NBC’s Taken (0.8) slipped a tenth, while ABC’s Quantico (0.6) was on par with its fast national last week. (Last week, DWTS adjusted up in the finals, while Quantico adjusted down). UPDATE: Quantico was adjusted down again to a paltry L+SD 18-49 rating of 0.5.
The CW’s Monday lineup returned to originals after a month of repeats on a lower note, underlining the strength of uninterrupted runs. Supergirl (0.5) and Jane The Virgin (0.2) both were off by a tenth from their most recent episodes for new season lows. CBS aired repeats.
NBC won the night in 18-49 (1.5), which ABC had the edge in total viewers (7.81 million vs. 7.68 million for NBC).