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Ratings: NBC Wins Despite Lukewarm ‘Deception’ Debut; ‘Bachelor’ Hits Low for Premieres

"The Biggest Loser" drops from premiere but still tops night

NBC's "The Biggest Loser" dipped from its season premiere and the network's new drama "Deception" got off to a so-so start, but the combination was enough to push NBC to a ratings win Monday night. Meanwhile, "The Bachelor" launched its new season with its lowest ratings to date for a season premiere, according to preliminary numbers.

NBC took first place in the advertiser-preferred 18-49 demographic with a 2.2 rating/6 share and second in total viewers with 6.1 million. The time-period premiere of "The Biggest Loser" at 8 p.m. posted a 2.4/6, down 20 percent from Sunday night's season premiere. But it was still the night's top-rated show, and drew 6.3 million total viewers. The new drama "Deception" at 10 premiered to a lukewarm 2.0/5 and took 5.6 million total viewers.

ABC took second place in ratings and first in total viewers with a 2.1/5 and 7.4 million. The season premiere of "The Bachelor" at 8 inched down 4 percent from last spring's premiere to hit a low for premieres for the series, posting a 2.3/5 and taking 6.8 million total viewers. "Castle" at 10 fared better, climbing 12 percent from its last original airing in December, which was a series low for the program. Monday's "Castle" posted a 1.9/5 and grabbed 8.6 million total viewers, which made it the most-watched program of the night.

CBS, which ran repeats throughout the night, took third place in ratings and total viewers with a 1.4/4 and 5.4 million.

Fox came in fourth in ratings and total viewers with a 0.9/2 and 3.8 million. Following a "Bones" repeat at 8, a new "Mob Doctor" the following hour drew a 0.9/2 and had 3.3 million total viewers.