Ahead of Valentine's Day, TV love — in all its unabashed glory — was in the air on ABC as "The Bachelor" topped Monday night' viewer ratings.
The dating competition, which closed up a two-night event that began Sunday, was up 8% from last week, helping it secure another season high with a 2.7 rating in the advertiser-preferred demographic of adults ages 18 to 49 and 8.6 million total viewers. It won its 8-10 p.m. time slot in both the demo and total viewers, edging out back-to-back episodes of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" in both categories.
"The Bachelor's" Monday night companion, "Castle," was also up from last week, with a 1.6 rating in the demo and 7.4 million total viewers.
Both programs helped ABC win Monday in the preferred demographic for the third consecutive week.
CBS, meanwhile, ruled the night in overall viewership — despite some slight dips from last week.
"2 Broke Girls," which was down 4%, earned a 2.3 rating and 9.02 million total viewers. It's lead-out, "Mike & Molly," nabbed a 2.2 rating in the demo and 9.17 million total viewers.
At 9 p.m., "Scorpion" was Monday's most-watched program with 11.49 million total viewers and second in the 18-49 demographic with a 2.2 rating.
The network closed the night with "NCIS: Los Angeles," which held steady from last week with 10.27 million viewers and a 2.0 in the demo, easily edging out "Castle" and NBC's "State of Affairs," which scored a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo.
Over on Fox, "Gotham" was down one-tenth of a point from last week in adults 18-49 with a 1.8 rating and about steady in total viewers with 5.6 million. At 9 p.m., "Sleepy Hollow" hit a series low with a 1.2 rating in the demo.
Meanwhile, "The Originals" was down 29% in the demo from the previous week with a 0.5 rating in the demo — tying its series low in live and same-day data. "Jane the Virgin" was up slightly from last week with a 0.6 in the demo while also hitting a high with female viewers.