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TV ratings: 'Gotham' returns on top; 'Bachelor' premiere down

Fox's "Gotham" returned with strong ratings while ABC's three-hour "Bachelor" season 19 launch fell short of last season's debut.

Fox's drama topped the night in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic with a rating of 2.5, according to early Nielsen ratings. It posted its highest rating in three months in the key demo and averaged roughly 6.9-million viewers, making it No. 6 most-watched program of the night. 

Also on the network, "Sleepy Hollow" averaged 4.5-million viewers and a rating of 1.6 in the key demo. The network benefited from both shows and ended up third in the key demo, with a rating of 2.0, and fourth overall with 5.7-million viewers.

CBS was the most-watched network with about 11 million people tuning in to its Monday night lineup. All four of the network's shows posted increases in ratings since their last original episodes aired in December. 

"Scorpion" was No. 1 with 12-million viewers. The show earned its highest rating since Oct. 20 with a 2.4 in the key demo. 

It tied for second in the desired category with CBS' "2 Broke Girls," which delivered its largest audience of the season with 9-million viewers.

"NCIS: Los Angeles" was second with 11.6-million viewers. It was up 19% from its most recent original episode with a rating of 1.7 in the key demo.

Sitcom "Mike & Molly" drew in 9.5-million viewers, making it third most-watched program of the night. It tied for fourth in the key demo with "The Bachelor," both posting a 2.2 rating.

ABC's kick off of "The Bachelor" was down 19% from last season's premiere. With an increase in competition from other networks, the reality show ended up tying its series low in ratings.

However, it was Monday's most social broadcast with 247,043 tweets. According to data provided by Canvs, a social TV platform created by social media insights firm Mashwork, 81,258 of the tweets contained "reactions" such as "love," "crazy," "hate," "excited" and "good."

The show rounded out the top five most-watched programs of the night with 7.7-million viewers.

ABC, which was second most-watched network overall, tied with CBS in the key demo, both posting a 2.2 rating.

Meanwhile, on NBC, "Celebrity Apprentice" posted a rating of 2.1 in the key demo. The reality show averaged 6.6-million viewers.

"State of Affairs" stayed even with its most recent original episode on Dec. 22 with a rating of 1.0 in the key demo. 

The network was fourth in the key demo with a rating of 1.7 and third overall with 5.9-million viewers.

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