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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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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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  • Kaylie

    I hope The Following doesnt fall too badly next week.

  • BigBrotherFan

    OT: Where are the ratings for CABLE shows on Sunday? Here’s to hoping that overglorified trainwreck GIRLS fell even harder!

  • rob60990

    @BigBrotherFan, delayed until tomorrow due to MLK holiday.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Thanks..was wondering.

  • BxActor

    The following …. Wow !!! Deception good bye

  • Mark

    uh….that’s a terrible start for the following, not sure where everyone is getting good start from. 3.2 to start is just not good given recent trends for all shows.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Compared to what everything else has debuted to this season and given it’s a MIDseason show I think it’s pretty darn good!

  • Katie

    I don’t know why Deception isn’t doing well, it’s a great show and I see so many good comments about it. It’s better than most of the shows I’ve seen on tv. I thought The Following was great too, great acting and kept me at the edge of my seat. I honestly thought it was more thrilling than 3/4 of the “horror” movies that I see. Some complain that it was too gory or as one said “gore beyond belief”. Maybe The Following was really their first show/movie with gore or something because it honestly wasn’t THAT bad. I’ve seen so much more gory before. Episodes of Criminal Minds have been just as bad. If you don’t like blood like it showed then you shouldn’t have even watched it because looking at one review or really read the plot would have told you that it would be a little graphic.

  • Justin121

    Oh, great, we have another Bondoel / Max… (aka the Crazy Fan Whole of Fame)..

  • MichaelChickless

    Renee: “Personally I’ve been very pleased with Fox’s lack of success this year. I’m bitter about their history of cancelling shows I love. Frequently at the end of a season 1 cliffhanger. Terra Nova, The Finder, Alcatraz, Human Target, all the way back to John Doe.”

    Human Target made it to a second season, but they retooled it and ruined it before cancelling it. ABC is in that same situation for me: Pretty much every show I’ve watched and enjoyed on that network since 2005 failed to make it past even 22 episodes. I find the promos for the new series Zero Hour to be intriguing, but after the way ABC has screwed me in the past, I probably won’t bother investing my time in it.

  • Ateofi

    You are right about H50 ratings, promotion and yes it should be doing better. Also Castle is one of the most reliable shows currently and it has reallly loyal fanbase. The problem is that people picking on H50 don’t notice similar or even worse situation with other shows. For instance, on january 10th when TBBT hit spectacular 6.4 demo ratings and had over 20 milion viewers at 8:00 pm, Two and a half men dropped by astounding 2.2 in demo and lost 6 milion viewers airing at 8:30 pm. H50 is a 10 pm show and here the loss of demo vs the lead in is usually the biggest.

  • Anthony

    Why does the title mention shows whose ratings don’t matter like HIMYM, Broke Girls, H50 and Castle and not ones that dropped to cancellation levels like Carrie Diaries and Deception?

  • Bri

    @SG said to @Petar Ivanov

    “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.”

    Totally agree with you SG, add to that, that POI only competition is Grey which can only get now a 3.0(appx in live+SD), a very weak GLEE and NBC shows that cannot crack a 2.0. Petar go on and on about POI not getting the post super bowl timeslot but its already got a VERY good timeslot, gets the second best lead in after TBBT and yet it can barely do better than CM which faces the best on both FOX and ABC and SVU that gather to the same audience.

    ” I guess my question to you is “want to trade timeslots?”

    Very good question SG,

  • Tessa

    The CW failed to gain new teen audiences due to crappy programming (Hellcats, TSC, Emily Owens) and probably has lost them. They’re over at ABC family and MTV watching better shows. Methinks the audience who’s left are CW’s old fans who have now grown up and don’t care about teen drama. TVD is a soap but none of its leads are teens anymore. Bottom line is, CW’s dedicated audience no longer cares about people who are just finding out about “OMG, sex!!!” and demands grown up, quality drama. Maybe that’s why Arrow didn’t fail. I agree they should diversify and not get stuck on superhero/supernatural, but they should definitely leave the teen romance genre behind. That ship sailed two seasons ago.

  • Cara

    I agree that POI has the best prime time time slot on Thursday night! I wish my favorite show gets that great time slot!

  • Frank

    BOTH “Bones” and “The Following” were EXCELLENT last night–
    It was certainly the BEST episode of “Bones” ALL Season!
    Glad it ticked UP.

  • chris23

    Blaming Carrie Diaries for 90210 pathetic ratings is pathetic itself!!!!

    no one should blame cd for 90210 low outcome.. I mean, this is a show that couldn’t even bread 1 MILLION VIEWERS for its 100th episode!!

    The timeslot is not the problem for 90210.. It has overstayed its welcome, shouldn’t have been renewed last year, and viewers have flocked away in droves from both gossip girl and 90210.. CW it is time to say goodbye to the west coast, and delirious fans of the Beverly Hills Show get a reality check ratings have declined and 90210 has had a hard time breaking a million viewers for a lot of episodes. Not to mention Season 4 was horrible in ratings as well!!!

  • David Howell

    Thursday night was basically retooled to boost POI/Elementary. It didn’t work, and I expect to see 2.5 Men back on Monday next year, with the TBBT lead-out slot going to Mom (a Chuck Lorre show leading out of TBBT makes a lot of sense). Might help 2BG too (although I still think it’s able to lead off an hour – it just got hurt by Partners providing millions of people with an excuse to turn over to The Voice at 8:30).

    Mind you, any of the five main CBS comedies could lead off an hour, even Mike and Molly (which beats almost every non-CBS scripted show – only TWD and MF are obviously clear of it outside of CBS). CBS are just loaded with huge comedy hits, their only problem is developing another one given that HIMYM and 2.5 Men can’t have much longer to run.

  • Lee

    Disappointed that The Following didn’t debut higher. FOX and Kevin Bacon should have done more promotion, a la Liz and Dick.

  • Markwitsofapedo

    The CW should have renewed The Secret Circle instead of ordering The Carrie Diaries and Emily Owens. Both are flopping and total 26 episodes. TSC could have gotten 13 or 22 episodes and with the growth of the show and the fanbase, maybe it would get steady on a 0.7, much better than the 0.5/0.3 galore of TCD and EO.

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