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!

  • Dan

    I think 2.6-2.9. A dip is expected but If the show can hold that audience, and build on Bones, then it will get renewed. FOX has no other dramas.

  • JulieDawn

    I say 2.7, only because I’m wondering how many others may feel the same way as I did. I didn’t not like it, but I’m not sure if I liked it either. Extremely violent which turned me off a bit when I was watching last week, however I really like Cinemax’s Banshee and that’s even more violent, so it’s not just that.
    Trying hard to find something likeable abt the Bacon character…

    Anyway I will record it and I probably will watch it sometime this week, but definitely not planning on watching live tonight.

  • groove365

    I’m guessing 2.8. The opinions on this show here and other places seem to be pretty mixed, this might be a show that is too niche for a major network, time will tell.

  • John A

    1.8 for Dallas? Id be happy with a 1.5 if even that.

  • rob60990


  • rob60990

    I’d say Dallas matches its 1.3 rating it got for its finale. I’m surprised TnT is not showing a marathon today.

  • Mark

    The Following – 3.0

  • Mal

    Please Jesus let the tv gods smile upon Dallas and relinquish a 2.0 upon it! Hahaha. Sigh :(

  • FatHogNeedsBurgers

    Not to get off track, but I’d say it’s very unlikely Dallas does THAT well this year. Last season had the excitement of the big return after so long being off the air, but now I just don’t see it racking up big numbers. I think it will do fine, but it won’t be massive. Unless the death of J.R buzz brings people back? That’s possible.

  • Chris

    I’m so bad at predicting what turns on Nielsen households, I swear.

    I’m going with a 2.9 initial rating, adjusted up to 3.0 for the final rating, but that’s a total guess. It certainly seems like the kind of thing that would click with the Nielsen crowd — famous and very recognizable actors, high production values, completely joyless and grim from start to finish — but for all I know, they’re going to be put off by the whole Poe thing.

    So, yeah, a slight drop in the ratings, because all shows drop, but probably most of last week’s viewers will return. Unless I have tragically misjudged them again, of course. ;-)

  • Dan

    The difference between Dallas and The Following? TNT will repeat Dallas’s premiere like 30 times while The Following airs once. Following seems more apppointment viewing even with DVR taking into account.

    What Following has going for it is that its the only new drama at 9 not counting 90210 but its against CBS comedy repeats and reality Bachelor and Biggest Loser. Last week it did well against new eps CBS comedies. I think it wil do well and even if Both Bones and Following slip, as long as Following builds on Bones, it will get renewed.

  • BG

    I’m guessing a 3.0, but I really hope it does better.

  • Jason50

    Good pilot, best so far this season IMO. Hope the storyline doesn’t get stale and it holds most of its numbers.

  • MichaelChickless


    It looks like FOX is repeating The Following in Fringe’s old spot on Friday (at least for the first 2 weeks).

  • s0303

    i’m guessing 2.7, which wouldn’t be too bad of a drop…hopefully it stabilizes around 2.2 and gets renewed…i really liked it…

  • Jason50

    @JulieDawn- I also think some people may be turned off by the violence in the show and the rating might drop a lot. The violent content maybe more or along the same lines as Criminal Minds, probably made more for cable. I do like Banshee as well. It’s more violent but it’s along the lines of grown men killing or beating the crap out of each other(most of them “bad guys”) instead of a serial killer stalking and killing an innocent person as in the case of The Following.

  • Shepherd


    I’m not sure about the 1.8, but for some reason, I too get the feeling that Dallas will do good tonight. I forgot that JR’s actor died, and I’m not sure how that will effect the ratings, but i think there may be a few who, like me, were turned off by the fact that it was Dallas, but somehow wound up catching up on the off season. For a soap, it isn’t half bad. 1.4-.5 maybe.

    I can’t see TCD doing better than a .4-.5 though.

  • Dan

    @MichaelChickless – Yes you’re right and once Touch premieres, encores of the week’s previous Following will assume the Saturday 9:00 slot. My point is, TNT repeats Dallas so many times, Fox airs the Following twice, so its easier to watch The Following when its on and wait to watch Dallas.

    Unlike last season when FOX had 3 new dramas crowding the schedule, FOX only has The Following for 15 straight weeks and they will do whatever it takes to save it if they can, especially now that Fringe is gone and we have no idea how Touch will do.

  • Lisa

    I’ll guess a 2.9 but hope for more. Good pilot with good reviews, and I think the general reaction from people who watched the pilot was pretty positive. I also don’t think the violence will turn off that many people. The content was highly publicized, and most viewers who don’t like it probably had the sense to avoid the show in the first place instead of watching the pilot and then quitting. Tonight’s competition isn’t all that strong, either.

  • snoot


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