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Because of the public holiday in the US, the final ratings for Sunday and Monday nights were released today. Here's a quick summary of the performance of Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Castle, and Bones
The news hasn't been good lately for Once Upon A Time (8pm Sundays). Sunday's episode earned a series low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, as well as a series low audience of 7.68 million viewers. Last week's episode earned a series low audience of 8.24 million viewers, so the drop between last week's and this week's episode is 560,000 viewers
Once Upon A Time experienced pretty sporadic up-and-down ratings and audience numbers last season with ratings fluctuating the better part of a full ratings point, and audiences fluctuating about 2 million viewers around this time last season. The graphs on this page show that, as well as the slide the numbers are experiencing from the start of the season to now.
As usual, Revenge aired at 9pm after Once Upon A Time on ABC, but this week's episode leaves a lot to be desired, with a 1.7 rating and just 5.75 million viewers tuning in, setting new series low for both rating and audience. This comes on the back of last week's then series low - a series low ratings equaling 2.0, and audience of 6.17 million viewers. Despite this, Revenge is neck and neck with the season ratings and audience averages last season thanks to the change in timeslot this season - you can see those numbers for season 1 here and for season 2 here
Castle aired in its usual timeslot - 10pm on Monday night, and for the first time in four episodes, climbed beyond the 1's rating, with a 2.0 rating and 8.82 million viewers. The first 8 episodes of this season rated between 1.9 and 2.2, with audiences all over 10 million viewers. But the last four, including Mondays episode, haven't seen audiences higher than 9.14 million, which was earned by last week's episode.
The Bachelor has been Castle's lead-in for the last three episodes, and has been rating better than Dancing With The Stars was, which was the show's lead-in earlier in the season, but The Bachelor's audience is the better part of half of what Dancing With The Stars was earning, which could largely explain Castle's drop in audience, despite having ratings that have been between 1.7 and 2.2 for the entire season thus far
Following last week's back-to-back episodes, Bones earned its highest rating since late November with a 2.3 rating, and a season high audience of 8.53 million viewers. The return of arch-nemesis Christopher Pelant (or whichever other of the dozen names he has) could have been the reason for this spike, but it can't have been the only reason considering that this episode equaled the ratings of the first two episodes of the season, yet earned half a million more viewers than they did. Still, it's good news for Bones, which already has a ninth season confirmed
That's all for now, short , sharp and sweet! Be sure to check out my website, www.seriesmonitor.com for more detailed data on these shows and many more. Leave your thoughts in the comments below as always!