The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” reached a ratings high mark on Monday, on its first episode back since the drama’s young star Gina Rodriguez took home a Golden Globe on Jan. 11.
The freshman drama scored a 0.6/2 for adults 18-34 and a 0.9/3 for women 18-34, both series highs, and brought in 1.4 million viewers, making it the show’s second most-watched episode ever, just behind the series premiere on Oct. 13.
Monday night’s “Jane the Virgin” was the show’s first original episode since December, but the telenovela adaptation gained momentum over its hiatus with Rodriguez nabbing the trophy for best actress in a comedy series, which also gave The CW its first ever Golden Globe win.
“The Originals,” the network’s other Monday night drama, also returned strong from its winter break with its most watched episode of the season (1.48 million viewers). However, it wasn’t enough to help pull The CW up from last place in the battle between all the networks.
As TheWrap previously reported, CBS topped Monday outright despite a 25 percent ratings drop out of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” which tied a series low. Second place ABC (“The Bachelor” / “Castle”) was just one-tenth of a ratings point lower in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic, though had a rounded-up 2.7 million fewer total viewers, while Fox’s came in third, though “Gotham” and “Sleepy Hollow” both suffered double-digit ratings drops. NBC was fourth (“The Celebrity Apprentice”), with Univision and Telemundo coming in 5th and 6th, respectively.
Still, The CW matched its most watched (1.45 million) Monday of the season, and tied its season high in the key 18-49 demo (0.6/2). The network was also up 67 percent in adults 18-34 and women 18-34 versus this time last year, and up 60 percent in total viewers.
The CW has already renewed all eight of its fall dramas, including “Jane the Virgin” for Season 2 and “The Originals” for Season 3.