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TV ratings: 'Sleepy Hollow' finale ticks up; 'Bachelor' is flat

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Monday night's season finale of Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" rose a bit in the ratings as NBC's "Hollywood Game Night" returned with a jump and "The Bachelor" held steady. 

According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen, the quirky Ichabod Crane drama on Fox drew an average of 6.9 million viewers during its two-hour first season closer and scored a rating of 2.4 among key 18-49-year-olds. The finale rose 6% from last week in total viewers and 5% in the advertiser-desired young-adults demographic.

Those averages gave the Fox network a Monday night win in the demo against its broadcast competition on ABC, CBS and NBC, though ABC had more viewers overall. 

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ABC's new episode of "The Bachelor," coming after its star Juan Pablo made inflammatory remarks about gays in an interview, drew 7.8 million viewers and garnered a 2.3 rating in the demo, flat with last week. The drama "Castle" averaged 8.9 million and rose 5% to a 2.0 in the demo. Average viewership for the network was 8.17 million. 

CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" received the highest 18-49 rating of any broadcast series Monday night, flat with last week at a 3.0, while "2 Broke Girls" was also flat, at a 2.7. "Mike & Molly" and "Mom" fell double digits week-to-week, and the new Josh Holloway-starring thriller "Intelligence" fell a bit to a 1.1. 

"Hollywood Game Night" returned for a second season with host Jane Lynch anchoring back-to-back episodes. The first hour, starting at 8 p.m., notched a 1.3 in the demo, significantly higher than the most recent episode, but down slightly compared with its summer series premiere. The second hour scored a 1.5 in the demo, its best number ever. 

Following "Game Night," the James Spader FBI drama "The Blacklist" drew a 2.3 in the demo, down 8% week-to-week to beat its closest time-slot competition, "Castle," though "Castle" had more viewers overall. 

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