Rick Castle may be missing, but ABC’s Castle made its presence known on Monday night. The veteran procedural managed to rise in the ratings for its seventh season premiere despite heavy competition from NBC’s The Blacklist and the season premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles. Following up on last season’s cliffhanger, Castle returned to 11.3 million and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, up 9 percent from last fall. Moreover, this was Castle‘s biggest premiere rating in three years. One big caveat: These numbers could come down in the more accurate afternoon nationals since ABC was preempted in several markets by football (ABC has seen ratings stay the same in the nationals, or go down by as much as two tenths, so we’ll see).
Among the new dramas going anxiously into their second episodes , Gotham (7.3 million viewers, 2.8 adults 18-49 rating) fell 13 percent from its last week’s premiere. That’s considered standard second-week slippage, though networks always hope for greater retention. CBS’ Scorpion (13.2 million, 3.0)...
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