TV Ratings Monday (Update): 'The Following' Has Season's Second Highest Rated Drama Premiere, '2 Broke Girls', 'Hawaii Five-0' & 'How I Met Your Mother' Down, 'Castle' Up

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January 22nd, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/8 2.7/7 2.3/6 2.0/5 1.7/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/6 2.1/6 2.2/6 1.7/5 1.6/4 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.337 9.426 7.896 5.254 3.890 1.035


CBS was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother earned a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating , down 5 percent from last week's season high 3.9. 2 Broke Girls scored a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 10 percent from last week's 4.1. Mike & Molly garnered a 3.3 among adults 18-49 down 6 percent from last week's 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-O notched a 2.2 down 8 percent from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Update: The Following has adjusted up a tenth to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating in the Time Zone adjusted ratings (the show started at 8:59PM). This makes it the second highest rated drama premiere of the season behind only Revolution. On FOX, Bones earned a 2.3 up 10 percent from last week's 2.1. The series premiere of The Following scored a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from a 3.3 for the two hour premiere of Alcatraz on Monday, January 17, 2012 but up 120 percent from the premiere of timeslot predecessor The Mob Doctor last fall. Seventeen percent of your predictions were right on the money.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Deception scored a 1.3, down 19 percent from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Bachelor garnered a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Castle scored a 2.0, up 5 percent from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Carrie Diaries earned a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating down 17 percent from a 0.6 for last week's premiere. 90210 garnered a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 33 percent from a 0.6 for its last original episode on December 10.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, January 21, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.7/10 10.09
ABC The Bachelor  (8-10PM) 2.5/6 7.48
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 2.4/6 6.07
FOX Bones 2.3/6 8.47
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.5/1 1.28
8:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 3.2/8 10.45
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.7/9 11.47
FOX The Following - Series Premiere 3.2/7 10.38
CW 90210 0.4/1 0.79
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.3/8 10.85
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.2/6 9.58
ABC Castle 2.0/5 8.72
NBC Deception 1.3/3 3.61

Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:
 * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.2/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's
> "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6 with an encore; and ABC's
> "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5 with an encore. 
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
> Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3 with
> an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live,"
> 0.7/3 with an encore. 
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
> averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in
> the Local People Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.0/3
> in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's "Late Late
> Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets
> with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore)
> tied "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in
> metered-market households with an encore and a 0.1/1 in adults 18-49
> in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Steve

    Yay Following. One of the greatest hours of TV I have ever seen.

  • JR35

    Decent start for The Following.

  • rob60990

    The Following premiered worse than Alcatraz. LOL

  • Mi

    Goodbye Deception and TCD. I hope The Following can hold.

  • Jane

    Okay TCD apologists, can we now agree that your show is a flop? And for those asking us to add up all the ratings, instead of saying TCD fell by 0.1, should we say it fell by 0.9?

  • Masterbreel

    That pretty good even for The Following. Bones OK, HIMYM also good. This was a good day

  • Ryan Schwartz

    For FOX’s sake, I hope “The Following” maintains its audience.


    THe FOllowing is a huge hit. ANyone who says this is not good enough because Alcatraz did better is incredibly ridiculous becuase this is a different year and FOX needed this.

    Also, someone needs to report on how, as I always mention, FOX does better when Idol starts . I mean that in the sense that all of their shows go up .2 or so. (Bones ….)

  • CrimTV


    Fox’s scripted average rating is a 1.9 this season, The Following performed way over decent

  • eridapo


    Bones 8.12 2.2 /8.83 2.4
    The Following 10.38 3.1/ 10.38 3.2

    Bachelor 7.66 2.4/ 7.43 2.5/ 7.26 2.4/ 7.59 2.5
    Castle 8.96 2.2 / 8.48 1.9

    Biggest Loser 5.96 2.2/ 6.16 2.4 5.97 2.4/ 6.20 2.5
    Deception 3.93 1.4/ 3.30 1.2

    H50 9.80 2.3/ 9.36 2.1

    TCD 1.33 0.5/ 1.23 0.5
    90210 .859 0.4 /.718 0.3


    These are huge numebrs for the fllowing and Bones. Nice FOX mondays, nice.

  • Billy

    Good numbers for The Following. Next week will tell us whether us all. Let’s see if it can hold most of those numbers.


    FOX is jumping for joy right now with this news. This just in….

  • Dillan

    If TCD doesn’t fall below a 0.5, I cab see it getting a 13 episode season 2 renewal.

    Not great for 90210, I think its time the CW announced this as the final season, there’s plenty of time to wrap things up.

  • Suan

    Wont be following The Following, gore beyond belief, too bad not a bad story but…..just no. Yay for Bones, decent numbers for a 8 year old show.

  • RyanCanada

    The Following was sooo good, great episode of Bones also… why is HIMYM getting good ratings now… they never used to get that high of ratings.. carrie diaries was just ok to me

  • rob60990

    “THe FOllowing is a huge hit.”

    Calling a show a “huge hit” after 1 episode is ridiculous. DO you remember when V premiered over a 5?

  • DJS

    Lol @Hawaii 5-0 falling from last week despite last night’s exposure!

  • Tommy

    I think we are in for some interesting adjustments later this afternoon. According to Direct TV “The Following” premiered at 8:58. So they could affect bones and several other shows possibly.

  • George

    I’m wondering if NBC will even bother to air all 11 episodes of Deception (on Mondays at least…maybe a Saturday burn-off)

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