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.
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.