The season premiere is down only 9% in viewers from the 2010 finale.

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Jack Bauer is facing another impending disaster, but not on the ratings front.

After a four-year absence, Fox's 24 still has a loyal audience, attracting 8.1 million viewers Monday for its two-hour season premiere, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings.

The numbers for the heavily promoted 24: Live Another Day, as the 12-episode series is called, are down just 9% from what was then the series finale in 2010, even as live viewing has dropped significantly over the years as more people watch shows after their initial broadcast.

The show helped Fox in the Monday time period, scoring well ahead of last week's broadcasts of a Bones repeat (4 million) and The Following (4.8 million). It trails the 10.1 million who tuned in for the series premiere of Sleepy Hollow on a Monday in September, although viewing levels tend to decrease late in the TV season as summer approaches.

The Kiefer Sutherland drama did well with young adults, down 7% from the number that watched the 2010 finale. For the evening, it trailed only NBC's The Voice and The Blacklist among young adults and it performed strongly with young men.

The next episode is Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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