Can 'The Following' Match its Premiere Rating? (Poll)

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January 28th, 2013

The Following had a pretty good start last week, earning the second-highest premiere rating for a drama this season. However, we have seen in the past that good premiere ratings  don't always stick and certainly don't automatically translate into renewals. Do you think The Following can hold on to last week's 3.2? Will it only drop a few tenths? Or is it headed for a big slide? Cast your vote and let us know why in the comments!

  • James

    Wild guess at 2.8. I am rooting for this show to succeed.

  • MDM

    I hope it grows but it will probably drop to a 2.9.

  • Anon

    Reality programming on ABC and NBC, reruns on CBS and 90210 on the CW. I think the odds for a ratings repeat are quite good.

  • KarenM

    2.5 – It needs a better premise.

  • Dan S

    I think with the lack of competition it can easily muster a 3.0-3.2 tonight. I’m sure most people who saw the premiere will give it a 2nd look. Hopefully with good WOM it can even pick up some new viewers. I just don’t see it going the way of Alcatraz & Terra Nova did.

  • John A

    Hope it stays at a 3.0. I thought id hate it but a decent show best of the season but thats not saying much.

  • Leondre


  • John A

    Didnt Alcatraz stay stable the first few weeks? Its hard to tell how a show is doing sometimes until around episode 6 or so.

  • neJANIS

    Since there wasn’t drop at half hours last week (which shows that people who tuned in where satisfied with show) and there isn’t any real competition I think it can actually match or even outnumber premiere ratings. However my guess is 2.8-2.9.

  • RJ

    Given the lack of CBS comedies in the timeslot, it should do well. Anything less than a 2.8 demo is a sign to begin worrying.

  • Ravenrei

    I said 2.7-2.9 since that covers a relatively healthy 10% drop from the premiere. Most shows do decline in the second episode, though I wouldn’t be all that surprised if The Following dropped minimally with what little competition it faces. The eyeballs that would normally be watching the eye network need something to watch tonight, so why not check out a new show?

  • Shepherd

    I said 2.5 this morning, and have since confirmed the return of Dallas tonight, so I’m sticking with 2.4-2.6 option despite the lack of any real competition. I could easily see 2.6-.7 though.

  • Alan

    Voted for 2.4-2.6. Biggest Loser and the Bachelor are not huge threats, but I think it will end up pulling numbers like Alcatraz.

  • Michael

    I have my fingers crossed for a 3.0

    My brain struggles to fathom how some people think this show wasn’t great. Expecially since they seem to believe The Big Bang Theory ISN’T the total misogynist, insulting mess it is.

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  • EatMorePez

    I’ll go with 2.9

  • Samunto

    I think it’ll do a 2.6/2.7

    But i really hope it could manage a 3.1 – yea, i like dreaming!

  • Melanie

    I’d guess 2.7 – 2.5. I don’t have a good read on whether it grabbed people or repulsed them. Maybe it stays there and is renewed, maybe it slides ala Alcatraz, but I don’t see it staying at or over a 3.0. I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t drop.

  • omabin

    This year’s dramas post premiere drops (excludes CW):
    – Revolution: -17%
    – Vegas: -20%
    – Nashville: -29% (Loss of MF lead-in is felt here)
    – Chicago Fire: -21%
    – Last Resort: -14%
    – Elementary: -19%
    – 666 Park Avenue: -19%
    – Deception: -20%

    Excluding Nashville, which had a different situation, we would get something in the vicinity of -19%, so a 2.6. However, I believe the lack of competition will slow down the natural post-premiere decline, so I will be optimistic and go to 2.9. That would be a 10% drop

  • Hillbilly

    It stays above 3. I wonder if Dallas will hurt it? I think the new season starts tonight.

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