'The Bachelor' premiere highest in 3 years: Juan Pablo boost?

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ABC has Juan the night! Monday’s The Bachelor premiere delivered its best debut rating in three years.

The two-hour premiere starring the show’s first Latino Bachelor, Juan Pablo, was up 17 percent from last January. The premiere scored 8.4 million viewers and a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. That was enough to lead the evening given the modest competition. Check out EW’s recap.

Over on CBS, the network did a post-holiday two-hour block of let’s-just-finish-Hostages-already. Safe to bet the 10 p.m. episode (4.7 million, 1.0) of the freshman thriller will serve as the show’s series finale.

Fox resumed sci-fi drama Almost Human (6.2 million, 1.7). While the episode was a notch higher than its last airing in mid-December, the hour was nonetheless pretty modest.

NBC, The CW had repeats. Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-9P ALMOST HUMAN 1.7 6,202
9-10P SLEEPY HOLLOW R 0.8 2,747
ABC 8-10P BACHELOR- P 2.7 8,482
10-11P CASTLE- 1.8 8,785
CBS 8:00P 2 BROKE– RS 1.7 6,834
8:30P MOM RS 1.3 5,176
9-10P HOSTGES- S 1.1 5,019
10-11P HOSTAGES- 1.0 4,663
NBC 8-9P BLCKLST RS 0.9 4,496
9-10P BLCKLST RS 0.9 3,875
10-11P BLACKLIST- R 1.1 4,193
CW 8-9P HART-DIXIE- R 0.2 740
9-10P BEAUTY&BST- R 0.1 522
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