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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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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  • Andoni

    @Suan, “gore beyond belief” you say? You sure aren’t familiar with the gore genre. All of you people should quit being so susceptible. It strikes me as plain hypocrisy.

  • Faith

    @bluejays: Former talent agent who represented Leonard Freeman who created the original H50 was suing his wife’s estate originally for money from agreement Mrs. Freeman made with CBS, he then added CBS to lawsuit. Judge ruled in favor of CBS saying he could not add CBS to the lawsuit. After the ruling CBS then started promoting #H50 more.

  • Petar Ivanov

    From how many more IP adress you will right? You can change your name but you are the same person you know. And no again you are missing the point. I am not fool to compare apples and oranges or broadcast with cable shows that is why i give Game of hrones example. GoT is unsane hit betetr than TWD in my opinion. Because has less viewers(pay tv channel) and is crazy good. Althou TWD is insane good too. But is on cable.

    If CBS move POI will be on wednesday or tuesday 8-10pm. But you was saying the same thing months ago(with other name again) and you look like fool now. May be you will continue to look like fool one more year.

  • Abc123

    CBS had a solid night. I think they should really consider keeping TBBT repeats where they are… definitely think it helps since it’s still able to pull better ratings than other networks’ new episodes.

    FOX… Bones was fantastic. The Following was very good too. A 3.2 is great and just what FOX needed.

    Castle for ABC performed decently, otherwise, ABC, NBC, and esp CW had bad nights.

  • Bri


    sorry, Forgot to type what CM got in the C3 report which is a 3.0. While I’m at it, other CBS drama C3 numbers (btw those are for the first 12 weeks not the first 10). H50 2.2, Vegas 1.9, CSI 2.6, Elementary 2.7, CSI:NY 1.5, Blue Blood 1.5, The mentalist 1.9 and TGW 1.7. For the BBT fans ( like me) 5.0 and two broke girls 3.4, Hhow I meeet your mother 3.1, two and a half men 3.6.

  • maxine

    Whatever you guys say about POI .. the man in the suit rocks. :)

  • Bri

    Petar Ivanov

    From how many more IP adress you will right?”

    What??? you are an idiot, I post here under Bri. And what I say is no less valid but hey Continue to be the fanboy from now will ignore you. Should have done that long ago.

  • Deeann

    Love The Following!

    I hope TCD is cancelled so Beauty and the Beast can stay on the air!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @last, you arguments about POI being too big to be moved? tell that to the mentalist fans
    The Mentalist was veteran show already droping. POI is growing. ncis la, CM even NCIS beast……..yep they are all droping. And if CBS don’t want POI don’t worry fox or nbc will take it. WB are not idiots or from yesterday in that bissness. Although i blame them because they are greedy(wich they are), but they know what they are doing. They sre best TV and film studio. No one network will pass on #2 broadcast drama these days with stable 3.0 demo every week.

  • Dorothy

    Why are people continuing to tell networks what the should be doing. Moving a show from a certain day or time to another. I can see people thinking that a show might do better at another time/ day but seriously lets leave that to the professionals. Think about it; Everyone thinks they are right, but maybe one might be. That means most of the people that are thinking they solved the mystery of what’s best for the network can keep believing in their own narcissism.

  • Petar Ivanov


    Nope. I will ignore you.

  • Gina

    Any final ratings yet?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman
  • networkman

    I am really excited about The Following. I love dramas with smart writing and strong acting performances. James Purefoy was the standout. I’m impressed with the numbers. And hope FOX can now build off this new hit drama. This show is now a must see for me on Monday Nights.

    CW should cancel 90210 at the end of the season. Those numbers are really low for the network and space will be needed for new dramas. At the end of the season the show will have produced 114 episodes. That is a great run but CW really needs to go in another direction.

    CBS Please try Hawaii Five-O after NCIS:LA. I’m really starting to feel it is really not compatible with the comedies.

  • Cory

    Question is simple Petar, what is stopping POI to reach 5 in demo or even 4 since it’s “huge ” hit that you claim, 10 year old drama on CBS does better, look at TBBT, that is only huge hit on TV at the moment and POI will never reach that level, stop with this nonsense and realize that POI is like Revolution, CM and NCIS:LA – solid hit that can help its network for years but don’t make like it’s next Lost or X-Files.

  • Ann

    90210 needs to go away. It’s as pathetic as Gossip Girl was. Good start for The Following.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Well, Deception down another 19 percent seals its fate. It’s a goner.

    As is The Carrie Diaries, down another 19 percent to a .5. It took Nikita two years to get there.

    I watched The Following. It wasn’t too bad. Maureen Ryan gave it a negative review, as have many other critics. I can see the points they made are probably accurate, but the show still works for me to some degree. The pace was fast, the acting good, and the premise is not entirely implausible, although some critics think the notion that Carroll could create his followers via the Internet is implausible. I’m not sure that’s necessarily true, but in any event it seems likely to be plausible enough for the audience. Looking forward to the addition of Annie Parisse, also on Person of Interest, to the cast.

    Hawaii Five-O was pretty good, with the return of Wo Fat and hottie Stephanie Jacobsen. I kept that episode.

    Kept the episode of Castle, too, due to the presence of Kelly Hu. Espositio was right – hot. :-)

  • MichaelChickless

    I don’t know how many other people this may have affected, but after seeing there was a new HFO episode on Sunday night (which I recorded), at first I thought there’d be something else or a repeat in its place on Monday night, so that could *possibly* explain the lack of momentum this week for the show.

  • networkman

    It is nice to see an original scripted program on FOX garner over 10 million viewers. With The Following airing without repeats, I really hope these numbers can hold. This is simply great for a quality drama on broadcast TV.

  • K

    Don’t trust the B is cancelled when will it be Castle and H50’s turn.

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