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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  • halloween

    CW dead Mondays…another flop from Josh Schwartz’s Flop Empire

  • bluejays

    I was bang on the money with The Following. It’s done very well for Fox.

    Not great numbers for HFO after the special ep. That’s lowest its been in a long while. Castle has low overall viewers compared to normal doesn’t it? Or has it been that low for a while?


    if you saw the show youd realize how groundbreaking and addicting it already is.

  • Gina

    Yay for my Bones!! The Following was amazing! Loved it! I hope the ratings hold steady or don’t fall too much. Nice night for Fox. Still have H50 on my DVR but happy they are #1 in their slot again!

  • mindilee

    Last night’s H50 was such a great episode, can’t believe it didn’t get better ratings! CBS just put H50 on Tuesday at 10 already, clearly not a good match with comedies, how about putting POI on Monday at 10, see how that procedural does there instead of its protected spot after BBT??

    I agree – I believe in live and let live but it seems some people just hate this show for no good reason. You don’t like it just don’t watch it. Having said that its too bad that the episodes weren’t reversed because I think last night’s was so much better plot wise than Sunday’s was – really focused on team dynamics and showed the humor and bromance as well as action. It does not belong on Monday nor does it belong in the death zone!!! I like POI but it does seem like it has been well protected.

  • bluejays

    @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…”


  • Emmy

    I always thought Hawaii Five 0 should have been on Tuesdays when it first started (The Good Wife was there then). In my opinion H50 would have been more compatible with NCIS and TGW with the comedy block. Oh well. H50 may not burn up the ratings but it still won its slot didn’t it? It also seems to have a stable audience.

  • JacobYates

    If the following can’t maintain it’s ratings, fox is going to have some serious explaining to do about their choices for cancellation last year. They figured that they could find a hit show that was better than Terra Nova, or at least not as expensive. If this show fails and if touch fails, which they both will eventually, fox executives will resort to drowning themselves in liquor and embarrassment.

    I’d also like to point out that Kevin Reilly stated that terra nova was pofitable for fox, even with it’s monstrous budget. A couple of cuts on the effects budget could have really made fox some cash.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @(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.)

    May be because some shows get this demo and viewers on WEEKLY basis.

  • halloween

    decent start for following, but not the breakout hit fox was looking for

  • Rachel


    LMAO. Just wait until “Cult” premieres. The network is insane giving this guy half the shows on the network.

  • bluejays

    @Lisa. No dramas have ever really shown a boost after being aired behind champ game slots. Not for more than a week or so.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “why is HIMYM getting good ratings now… they never used to get that high of ratings”

    The shows is averaging a 3.3 this season, which is down more than a full point from what it averaged thru 13 episodes last season (4.4).

  • Ram510

    ….and with that said, I believe Nikita will hit at least a .5 by sometime in Feburary.

    The Following wasnt that great. I would give it another try but I’ll be too busy for that mediocre show cause ill be watching Dallas.

    Interesting that HIMYM and 2BG got the same rating. Is America finally getting tired of the same vagina and we’re poor jokes that 2BG has been doing

  • Samunto

    Very impressive ratings for The Following. Not blockbuster numbers but still very good especially given the bad state FOX is in. COngratulations to FOX.

    Deception is not long for this world. But I’ll continue watching anyway.
    Silly H50 didn’t even gain from the exposure yesterday!

  • Mon

    I think 2 Broke Girls is as strong as How I Met Your Mother. You have to consider that 2BG has to face stiffer competition at 9pm than HIMYM. Last season, 2BG rated a 4.1 at (special time) 8pm, on par with what HIMYM was getting during that time. So I say they are equally strong. The Big Bang Theory is the strongest.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “If the following can’t maintain it’s ratings, fox is going to have some serious explaining to do about their choices for cancellation last year. They figured that they could find a hit show that was better than Terra Nova, or at least not as expensive. If this show fails and if touch fails, which they both will eventually, fox executives will resort to drowning themselves in liquor and embarrassment.”

    Common aggrieved fan reasoning as they pass through the TV Fan Stages of Grief.

    Shows are canceled because they have already failed.

    The fact that most future shows fail does not invalidate past decisions to cancel failed shows.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Footbal lead was 15 althou football game finals are usually up with arounf full point and more. But only for the sport:

    Revolution was around 3 with the voice 5s leads with big football games and full competition .

    TAHM was around 4 with 6 TBBT lead and full competition.

    POI was around 3 with 4 TAHM lead and GA competion.

    15.0 is HUGE lead these days. And sunday all networks was out. One compitable show must get HUGE boost from that game for at least this season. h5o did’t take boost even for next day.

  • Cerebro

    Solid debut for “The Following”. Not the best ratings FOX has ever seen, but compared to the rest of the season, so far, I’d all it a “win”. I enjoyed the premiere more than I thought I would. I’m disappointed that it didn’t debut as well as “Alcatraz”, but if it doesn’t dip as sharply (i.e. levels out in the 2’s after the, typical, post-debut drop), I think it’ll get a second season. I, almost, think it’ll have to. Besides “Bones”, FOX doesn’t have much else to work with in the drama department, at the moment (I think the long-term prospects for “Touch” are pretty slim).

  • Ultima

    FOX shows ALL go up a tick with Idol on the schedule. SOMEONE please do some alaysis here… am I right?


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