David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel
Bones' long-awaited return delivered strong numbers — and so did Game of Thrones.
After a three-month hiatus, the Fox drama returned Monday in its new time slot with 8.2 million viewers and a 2.5 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. That's a 4 percent increase in the demo from the show's last new episode and is the best rating Fox has seen in the Mondays-at-8 slot all season. Predecessors House and Alcatraz only averaged a 2.1 and a 1.6, respectively. House followed with 6.72 million and a 2.2., up 5 percent from its last fresh episode two weeks ago.
CBS won the night with the NCAA Championship game, averaging 17.8 million viewers and a 6.4 rating from 9 to 11:30 p.m.
On the set: Boreanaz and Deschanel talk Bones baby
Dancing with the Stars (16.54 million, 2.8) continued its decline, hitting a series low in the demo. The Voice (10.7 million, 4.1) also fell to hit a season low. The reality rivals' lead-outs tied in the demo with a 2.2, but Castle (12.06 million) dipped, while Smash (6.09 million) rose.
On cable, Game of Thrones' second season premiere on Sunday hit a new series high of 3.9 million viewers. The figure is up 74 percent from its series premiere last year and up 27 percent from its Season 1 finale, which previously held the record with 3 million viewers.
Fellow Sunday night cable show The Killing fared less well in its return. The AMC drama's two-hour Season 2 premiere averaged 1.8 million viewers — well off from the 2.3 million who tuned in for its series premiere. The drop also ended a success streak for AMC, which saw The Walking Dead and Mad Men pull in record numbers for their finale and premiere the past two weeks.
CBS: 2 Broke Girls (R) 8.27 million (2.5); Two and a Half Men (R) 8.5 million (2.6)
ABC: Dancing with the Stars 16.54 million (2.8) [8-10 p.m.]
Fox: Bones 8.2 million (2.5)
NBC: The Voice 10.7 million (4.1) [8-10 p.m.]
CW: Gossip Girl 1.06 million (0.5)
CBS: NCAA Championship Game 17.8 million viewers (6.4) [9-11:30 p.m.]
Fox: House 6.72 million (2.2)
CW: Hart of Dixie 0.73 million (0.3)
ABC: Castle 12.06 million (2.2)
NBC: Smash 6.09 million (2.2)