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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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Ateofi

    I can only say that both shows have their advantages and flaws, but both of them definitely stand out from competition.


    Randyaw .

    Actually, some of us are graduate students – living on their own bored until classes start.

  • Patty

    @Justin121 SPEAK FOR YOURSELF ONLY!!!!!

  • Greg

    The Carrie Diaries isn’t dead yet. I can definitely see them renewing the show if it doesn’t fall any further.


    The Following will have a 3.0 or better next week. Its a hit.

  • SG

    @Petar Ivanov
    I usually don’t bother to engage in this stuff as I am a huge POI fan but when you start using competition and lead ins as an excuse it makes me want to jump into the frey. You are quick to say POI is CBS’s number 2 drama beating out Crimnal Minds by a minisual number. CM returns after their hiatus, follows a 1.1 lead in and goes up against AI premiere (6.0) and MF (4.3) and still pulls its season average (2.9). CM is the only CBS show that ran an original episode against the AI premier. CBS did give POI a break when they let them run a repeat against AI premier. They blinked. I think POI is a terrific show but it is no breakout hit, it is no powerhouse. It faces less competition and gets much larger leadins than CM and has the best timespot in primetime television. I guess my question to you is “want to trade timeslots?” I won’t be back on here to read your response but feel free to try and rebut this.

  • Jenny

    Goodbye Deception! I don’t watch TCD, but I still think it’s too soon to declare it dead. It only fell one tenth, and beat 90210. I think the third and fourth week will be more telling. Especially when Cult comes into play.

  • City Kitty

    The Following is very entertaining! It stays on my list of must views!

    Way to go, Fox!

  • Hillbilly

    Raylan will kick Kevin’s butt for chasing his woman. ;)

    I guess since she’s (Natalie Zea) on FX & Fox they will let her do both shows.

  • Elena

    Congrats on H50 beating Castle (by a rather small margin, FYI)…still, what you need to be concerned about is not H50 beating Castle but how it fares compared to the competition it faces from other shows on CBS. It won’t be fighting with Castle for a slot on CBS’ fall schedule. It will be fighting Elementary, NCIS, POI, The Mentalist (which I think is already renewed, actually), The Good Wife and any other shiny new drama CBS might be looking to roll out. I sincerely hope H50 sticks around since you seem to love it so much. I know I’d be crushed if my fave show got the axe and I don’t wish that on any loyal fans of other shows out there. Still, it’s important to understand the reality of the situation…also, I am sure you would not appreciate having your show bashed, so please do not do that to other shows. How Castle fares really has no bearing on H50’s future, so please be respectful.

    Shifting focus…
    As for Castle, I am really happy to see it gain a tenth in the demo. It is proving itself to be ABC’s most solid drama (besides Scandal) when it comes to both overnight ratings and viewers. Most of ABC’s other dramas, particularly Revenge and OUAT, are experiencing a pretty steep decline in both demo and viewers. Castle’s demo has stayed within a .5 range the entire season (with no major drop-off in either demo or audience week-to-week) and it actually has the biggest audience (on average) of all ABC dramas this season. It may not be a ratings juggernaut (but what is on ABC these days?) but it’s a solid, dependable performer who has proven that it can stand on its own and does not depend on DWTS to keep its audience (as some posters on this site had vehemently posited earlier this season). I expect Castle will continue to perform as such for the remainder of the season as I have no reason to anticipate a big drop in audience. I’m no expert, just someone monitoring the numbers and trying to make sense of the data, but I think things look good for Castle for S6.

  • Lainey

    Wow- ok now can we all agree? CANCEL 90210! There was no need for a terrible 4th season, an atrocious 5th season, and there is CERTAINLY no need for an even more ridiculous 6th! Even an additional half season for this show is too much. Give something else a chance this fall on CW.

    As for Carrie Diaries… bummer! This show is cute and I wanted it to do well but unfortunately it’s going to have a hard time finding an audience. Original Sex & The City fans (like myself) aren’t interested in a watered down, high school version of SATC marketed to adolescence, and the high-schoolers it SHOULD appeal to aren’t interested in a show based on characters that were popular when they were wearing diapers. Sadly, it looks like CW might have another “Emily Owens” on their hands with this one.

  • Emma

    How is it that H50 is being labeled a complete loser by some yet Elementary (1/11 airing had a 2.4) is considered a big hit? Does .2 truly separate a loser show and a big hit?

  • Ateofi

    As a fan of H50 and Castle I wish both shows could get better ratings :)

  • Bad Wolf


    Thanks ! It’s good to see this forum has not yet been overtaken by hysterical people.
    Your analysis is great, but I think Hawaii 5-0 is out of the competition this season because of its syndication deal : the 4th season is a given.
    However, it could be in danger next danger next season, just like The Good Wife this season, if its numbers continue to decline slowly but steadily.

  • Bad Wolf


    To be fair, you will also find a lot of people here who say Hawaii 5-0 is a big hit while Elementary (and amost anything else), is a loser. This forum is crowded with ratings experts… or so they think.

  • Kyle

    For those defending H50 you have to understand why so many people are tough on it.

    First I do watch the show but not weekly. I watch it here and there. H50 is doing decently BUT given the lead in, it should be doing much better. Also it is beating Castle only my SMALL margins. Castle has been impressive because of the lack of lead in support it gets and even without Dancing with the Stars it has not fallen off a cliff that many of you predicted. Castle has been steady like a rock! Also CBS has been giving H50 A LOT of promotion lately and a 2.2 ain’t going to cut it especially on CBS. Same can go for POI. Yes it does well BUT given the lead in it should be doing BETTER.

    But H50 and POI are BOTH going to get renewed. Don’t know why some of you fight.

    Glad to see Castle rise! I think the quality of the show has improved.

  • Percysowner

    @Tessa I agree that the CW should invest in more supernatural/superhero shows and move away from the teen drama genre, but they do need some diversity. If the network relies too heavily on one type of show, there is the risk of the audience turning to another genre and leaving the network stranded. The CW was fairly happy with the rating of GG, 90210 and other teen dramas early on and focused on that, then the wheels came off of that truck. I’m all for more scifi/supernatural/superhero drama, but networks do need variety.

  • Dogg

    Really enjoyed ‘The Following’!! I sincerely hopes that the ratings remain steady with this one. Great script and had a great twist at the end.

  • Baaa!

    Ah so The Following gets an upward tick, I will upgrade it to a great start now. The Bacon was not overcooked after all.

  • Lmw931

    90210 should really be cancelled with those numbers I actually think 90210 gets more viewers here in the UK now
    and Carrie Diaries isn’t looking so good I didn’t mind it actually, but I can see why people don’t watch it because you know most of what happens in TCD has nothing to do with sex and the city, so that’s a turn off.

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