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TV Ratings: 'Dancing' Improves, 'Hostages' Drops, 'Almost Human' Premiere Continues

UPDATED: Though NFL preemptions skew ABC in Boston and Charlotte, the competition is still on track to grow from last week -- while CBS' comedy block holds steady and season lows hit other series.

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"Almost Human"

NBC won a Blacklist-less Monday night, airing a repeat special of The Voice and a two-hour live episode. The latter, averaging a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49 in Fast National returns, marked a four-tenths of a point drop to a season low. The network averaged a 3.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers.

And while ABC will see adjustments to its football-inflated lineup -- ESPN's Monday Night Football aired on Boston and Charlotte affiliates -- Dancing With the Stars (2.3 adults) is still on track to be much-improved from last week's series low (1.7 adults). Castle (2.3 adults) was up by three-tenths of a point, giving the network a tentative 2.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 13.7 million viewers for the night.

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Almost Human made its time-slot debut on Fox, and while it predictably slipped from Sunday's NFL-boosted debut (3.1 adults), the 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 was improved 10 percent from Bones' average in the time slot this season -- and, unlike Sunday's sampling, it held its entire audience and 18-49 rating from the first to second half-hour. Sleepy Hollow (2.5 adults) was off just a tenth of a point from the prior episode, and Fox took a 2.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers for the night.

CBS saw steady performances for all four of its comedies -- How I Met Your Mother (3.1 adults), 2 Broke Girls (2.7 adults), Mike & Molly (2.3 adults), Mom (1.9 adults) -- though Hostages (1.0 adults) slipped by a tenth of a point to a series low. The network averaged a 2.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers.

Over on The CW, both Hart of Dixie (0.4 adults) and Beauty and the Beast (0.3 adults) held last week's scores, giving The CW an average 0.3 adults rating and 867,000 viewers for the night.