ABC and CBS split the Monday night victory.
'The Bachelor' rose ever so slightly, earning a 2.6. 'Castle' also experienced a small increase, posting a 2.1. In the most surprising happening of the night, 'How I Met Your Mother' maintained its impressive season high of 3.8, despite last week's episode being heavily hyped up and this week's being nothing out of the ordinary. Never underestimate the loyalty of 'HIMYM's fanbase.
Lead-out '2 Broke Girls' maintained last week's season high of 3.0, while 'Mike & Molly' set a new season high of 2.7. 'Mom' also matched last week, earning a 2.4. 'Mom' was a big question mark for a while there, but I'm now officially leaning towards it getting a second season. To finish off CBS' night, 'Intelligence' held steady at 1.5. Sadly, a 1.5 will only get you renewed on NBC, FOX, or The CW.
Speaking of FOX, 'Almost Human' returned down, dipping one tenth to a 1.9. 'Almost Human' was a big question mark for most of this season as well, but unfortunately for the show's fans, I'm ready to predict a cancellation here. FOX: where high concept sci-fi series go to die.
'The Following' didn't do any better, setting a series low for the second straight Monday. We're not far enough into its season for me to feel comfortable predicting 'The Following's fate, but things certainly aren't off to a good start.
'Hollywood Game Night' continues to perform well for NBC, matching the 1.5 its drawn for the last two weeks. A Sports Illustrated swimsuit special also garnered a decent enough 0.9 for the 'ol Peacock. Finally, 'Hart of Dixie' and 'Beauty and the Beast' scored matching 0.4s for The CW.
Key: Broadcast Network - Show Name - 18-49 Rating - 18-49 Share - Total Viewers In Millions
CBS - How I Met Your Mother (N) - 3.8 - 11 - 9.98
ABC - The Bachelor (N) - 2.6 - 7 - 8.33
FOX - Almost Human (N) - 1.9 - 5 - 6.41
NBC - Hollywood Game Night (N) - 1.5 - 4 - 5.00
CW - Hart of Dixie (N) - 0.4 - 1 - 1.21
CBS - 2 Broke Girls (N) - 3.0 - 8 - 9.22
CBS - Mike & Molly (N) - 2.7 - 7 - 10.27
FOX - The Following (N) - 1.9 - 5 - 5.84
NBC - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful (N) - 0.9 - 2 - 3.28
CW - Beauty and the Beast (N) - 0.4 - 1 - 0.93
CBS - Mom (N) - 2.4 - 6 - 9.11
ABC - Castle (N) - 2.1 - 6 - 10.02
CBS - Intelligence (N) - 1.5 - 4 - 7.55
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Oh, I almost forgot to mention my third reason for predicting a cancellation for Almost Human. The show was not written as a 13-15 episode and done series (such as The Following and Sleepy Hollow), yet it never received any type of additional back order. Nine times out of ten, when a network declines to order additional episodes of a show, that means they have no plans to continue it.
To the first commenter, you make a good point when contrasting those two sentences, so allow me to explain my reasoning.
While a 1.5 will indeed sometimes get you a stay of execution on FOX, it all depends on the budget you're working with. A sitcom like New Girl for instance, could probably post 1.5s, and still survive for another year. Another sitcom, Raising Hope, spent most of last season under the 1.5 mark, and got renewed. A show like Almost Human however, would be an exception to that. It A. has a relatively high budget, and is filled with special effects, and B. is a sci-fi show, and normal FOX rules don't apply to sci-fi shows. Terra Nova spent most of its one season drawing 2.0 or above, and got axed. Alcatraz drew 1.7 or above for most of its season, then got canned. Hopefully that helps clear up any confusion that I may have caused you.
It would be sad, indeed, if FOX didn't give Almost Human a chance to find its footing and grow, especially after they "Fireflied" it by showing it out of order. I really enjoy the show, particularly the chemistry between the leads.