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.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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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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  • Keri

    Nice number for the Following on a competition-heavy night.

    I believe it will stay steady because it caters less to a niche demographic like Alcatraz, Terra Nova and other shows Fox has tried on Monday have.

    It’s a solidly written show and has an edge to it. I believe it will gain quite the…following.

  • rob60990

    ABC skewed really young last night. 18-34 is up 3 tenths from last week.

  • Fake Me Out

    I’m interested in watching ‘The Following’ but will hold off till I get a better idea if it will be around for the long term … I no longer wish to invest time in shows that go nowhere and/or end without a resolution to the story. It’s starting like Alcatraz with a low 3 and lotsa fanboyz proclaiming it a major hit … and we all know what happened to Alcatraz … will it be Deja Vu all over again? Unless there is a huge ratings fall/increase I think it’ll take 3 more airings before we have a true idea of the fate of the show. If the 1/2 hr numbers in page #1 of the comments are accurate I’d say that is at least an early good sign.


  • Petar Ivanov

    @They are definitely going to move 5-0.
    Nope they wont. If they make this cbs will look like biggest idiots in the world. I mean how stupid and dump should be to give super bowl and afc champ slot and than to move that show on friday. cbs reputation will be hurt.

  • Jane

    Andrew, 90210 was on Tuesday last year, not Monday. And The CW saying that Monday is such a huge DVR night. Let’s not be fooled. Increasing 66% via DVR sounds amazing but not so amazing when you consider that the base is 0.3. Increasing 0.2 points in DVR is hardly something to write a press release about (even if the CW will do that).

    TCD aired after TVD last week so they definitely gave the audience a chance to watch it. HOD was paired with GG last season and even though it didn’t do amazingly well, it still premiered higher than GG’s numbers. With three airings last week and all the promotion, it’s clear that people just doesn’t want to watch TCD. The show is simply DOA.

  • Billy

    I think HIMYM is CBS’s strongest Monday sitcom. 2BG only gets a little higher because of a higher rated time slot, and a big lead in from TBBT. HIMYM has no lead in and a lower rated 8:00 time.

  • Grey

    I stuck with it but “The Following” didn’t really hold my attention and the gore just got tiresome. I think it might have been hyped a little too much. If nothing else is on and or I’m not getting caught up on something else I *might* give it another try. Right now I just don’t know if I want to go on this ride every week.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I don’t get why people keep on saying CBS wasted the post AFC champ game slot when there is absolutely no way to know how another show would have done in this slot.”

    Simple craziness.

    Before the airing:

    Crazy Fan of Show X: If they don’t air X after the [AFC Championship, Super Bowl, Armageddon, The Rapture] they’re idiots.

    After a show other than X was aired:

    Crazy Fan of Show X: See, told ya, X would have done far better than that horrible show.

    If only there were a way to profit from such assured craziness.

    Oh yeah…..

  • Silent Hunter

    Do you have any ratings for the Inauguration?

  • Dan

    And Deception dips but all eps will probably air. Nice premiere for The Following, did not expect that and hopefully it will maintain those numbers.


    I was one of the 17% who was right on for The Following (something about me & Money)–anyway, good job for FOX & Bones!

    Nice job @ 8:00 for all nets, save the CW

    NBC truly lacking @ 10:00, needs a Revolution BAD

    ABC Castle over 2.0 which is what it needs to do

    CBS #1 in 18-49 AND 18-34 FOR NIGHT–‘NUF SED!

  • TheFollowing

    I don’t know if it’s coincidence or not but episode of Bones is so great last night!

  • Dan S

    A lot of people were writing off shows like Revolution & Grimm before they even premiered. Granted The Following isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but for most of those who checked it out last night were not disappointed. I’d say this is the successor to 24 that Fox has been looking for & it will be back for a 2nd season.

  • eridapo

    It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Fox had a good night yesterday. Anyone who watch Idol last week or the NFC championship probably saw tons of promos for the Following and Bones. Fox went all out. Bones brought back its big though unbelievable villain Pellant (Epps was better) and had more action than a normal episode. The Following too received lots of buzz from the entertainment sites, and having Kevin Bacon and James Pureroy as leads will help the series.

    As someone else mentioned, this series has elements of Criminal Minds in it. The problem I see with that is eventually it will become the Murder of the Week type show, and it will then be seen as just another procedural…

  • Ateofi

    @Bad Wolf
    People like to complain and H50 is getting lots of badmouthing on this site. CBS wanted to ensure bigger exposure to H50 due to lower ratings this season. You can hardly blame them for trying even though the result was dosappointing. Also I am reallly not sure that POI would have done better on this slot. It’s not a hit, contrary to what Petar Ivanow and others say.

  • david

    Great start for the Following for Fox. Carrie Diaries i would say is done or i am pretty sure it will not be coming back next season. Withe the ratings of 90210 they should end it this season or just make a short season and show it during the summer. But dont waiste the space of it next season.

  • Tom

    “The Following” closely resembles the 1986 movie “Manhunter” starring CSI’s William Petersen. This was the first movie in which the character of Hannibal Lecter appeared. The movie was pretty good, but never achieved the later success of “Silence of the Lambs”. If the writers can successfully transfer the intensity of Manhunter to television, this series should be reasonably entertaining.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Do you have any ratings for the Inauguration?”

    Not here, since this post is for broadcast primetime. And we won’t see them as part of any regular *broadcast* ratings we receive.

    However, our regular cable and cable news ratings will have inauguration day ratings included in them.

    Also, we are likely to see (& post) combined reports at some point from either a Nielsen press release or a press release from one or more of the broadcast news organizations.

  • Baaa!

    Do not overcook the Bacon!

  • Lisa

    @Bad Wolf, this is not the first time CBS has aired Hawaii 5-0 after a major football game and seen not-huge results (both in that particular airing and long-term, as 5-0 didn’t really see a significant, continuing viewer boost afterwards). So going into Sunday night’s airing, there was already reason to believe the slot was being “wasted” on the show. Maybe something else wouldn’t have done any better, but trying another show in that slot seemed to have more potential upside than sticking 5-0 there again after one rather unsuccessful try.

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