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.
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.