Ratings: ‘Castle’ season 7 rises, ‘Scorpion,’ ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ at series lows

Every little bit helps sometimes when network are trying to decide whether to renew or cancel a show, so based on the preliminary numbers for Monday night, maybe “Castle” fans do have something to feel rather good about.

For Monday night’s new episode “Habeas Corpse,” the series managed to draw a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which marks a slight improvement of a tenth over last week. We’re not going to start waving a celebration flag yet, given that “Dancing with the Stars” has a tendency to run over and it may be skewing the numbers higher than they actually are. The same goes for “The Night Shift” (1.3), which is doing absolutely awful given that “The Voice” before it drew a 3.2. With that sort of lead-in, it should be #1 for the 10:00 p.m. for it to have any real shot at making it to another season.

Instead, the #1 show at 10:00 was a tie between “Castle” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” which tied its series low with a 1.5. While it has not been renewed yet, we’re not anywhere near as worried about it for now. Most of the cast is probably under contract for at least one more season, and in between “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Amazing Race,” “Stalker,” “Elementary,” and “CSI: Cyber,” there are other shows that should be canceled by CBS first long before this one.

Also at a series low last night was “Scorpion” with a 1.9, but there’s not really anything to worry about there. The show has already been renewed for another season, and we blame its ratings more on CBS frontloading their schedule with new episodes of it, which has caused there to be alternating weeks of new episodes now. Eventually, people are going to get confused as to when it’s actually on.

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