TV Ratings Monday: 'The Following' & 'Bones' Rise, 'The Biggest Loser' Dips, + 'The Carrie Diaries' & 'The Bachelor' Steady

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January 29th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.9/8 2.1/6 1.9/5 1.7/4 1.6/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.4/7 1.9/6 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.4/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.582 7.241 5.331 6.775 3.882 1.112


FOX was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, Bones earned a season-high 2.6, up three tenths from last week's 2.3. The second episode of The Following scored a 3.3 up a tenth from last week's 3.2 premiere rating. The Following is only new drama this season to grow in its second telecast. Your predictions were too pessimistic. 

On NBC, The Biggest Loser earned a 2.3, down a tenth from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating,. Deception was even with last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Bachelor was even with last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Carrie Diaries was even with last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. 90210 garnered a 0.3, down a tenth from last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, January 28, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Bones 2.6 7 9.21
ABC The Bachelor (8-10PM) 2.5 7 7.88
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 2.3 6 6.13
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 1.6 5 5.87
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.5 2 1.46
8:30 PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.3 6 8.14
9:00PM FOX The Following 3.3 8 9.96
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.9 5 7.28
CW 90210 0.3 1 0.76
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly  -R 1.8 4 6.96
10:00PM ABC Castle -R 1.4 4 5.97
NBC Deception 1.3 3 3.75
CBS Hawaii Five-O -R 1.2 3 6.20

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David

Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49

Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late

Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.


* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"

averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in

the Local People Meters.


* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5

in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig

Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late

Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in

metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25

markets with local people meters.


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    It seems FOX finally has a hit show in the Following. Keep Bones/Following as a Monday night duo. Perfect viewing night for them. Bones has become of FOX’s longest running shows and this show is fantastic. Score for FOX that in this bad season they had they found a suitable hit.

  • Bob

    I know it does not matter, but it absolutely pathetic that not one show was above 10 million viewers. Soon it will be a 1.0 with a million people watching that will be considered a hit. TV viewership is becoming very dismal.


    The Biggest Loser is a cheap show and IMO I think it would be better as SUMMER VIEWING IMO. Much more suitable and better.

    The Carrie Diaries is holding steady and is a good show for CW. CW should announce next season as last for 90210. They should do a 13 episode final season to wrap everything up and what would be great is bringing back some of the originals from the original series for the finale.

    Once the Voice returns I think the networks will be in trouble. Hoenstly NBC was smart though resting the Voice for three months after last edition. Its already been a month and I am somewhat missing it and people will tune into see how Shakira and Usher do. The Voice will go into late June probably paired with AGT.

  • Dawn

    @Big Flop

    No, this is not the first time that Castle has bean H50 this season. Not even close. Do you not remember the very lack luster season premiere of H50 and several other episodes as well?

  • BigFlop

    the following is much better than Revolution. acting, scripts, everything!
    I would like to see both shows on Monday at 10 pm and see who wins.

  • Dan

    Wow, Alcatraz never rose, those who want to.compare. My guess to why The Following held up, CBS was in repeats, next week i expect it to go down.

  • Max Vrany

    @Bob, TV viewership is actually up overall. It’s just that more and more viewers go to an ever expanding number of cable networks. Viewership isn’t becoming dismal, it’s just becoming more spread out.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Whatever happened to that spinoff?

    the finder collapse hard.

  • Paul

    Had a feeling The Following would grow. Everyone is talking about it. FOX finally has a scripted show worth watching again that is reflected in the ratings. Bones is great but people just haven’t been watching it. FOX must be relieved.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @I hope you are kidding.


  • Amy

    I’d like to know how TCD is doing with female viewers. On TVBTN it seems like more guys are watching.

  • Petar Ivanov

    cbs will kill everyrhing next monday. post super bowl boost.

  • Nick

    No, the new timeslot definitely isn’t helping 90210 but that shows ratings are so unsteady it’s ridiculous. Calling it toast is too harsh just yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if next week it got a. 06

  • s0303

    happy about the following…really like it so far.

    as for nbc mondays…the biggest loser probably will wrap its season up by the time the voice comes back…

    90210 hopefully will not get a shortened final season, but i wouldn’t put it past the cw to do it…

  • Alex

    Glad The Following was up.
    Wish ABC had aired a new episode of Castle last night…

  • Potato

    Please, for the millionth time, can we stop with the ridiculous “people who like X show are smart, people who like Y show are dumb” crap? If there’s real people on the planet who choose their television based on their IQ, I don’t want to meet them.

  • Ashley

    Yea….for The Following!!! I predicted 3.3 or more. I hope it stays that high. Such a well written and acted show. Surprised it’s on network programming vs cable. Glad that it’s not.

  • Gabe

    90210 ratings are beyond pathetic. I am a fan and haven’t stopped watching, but I really do think they should cancel it. I mean 0.3?

  • Barb

    Glad about The Following. It’s a good show.

  • Petar Ivanov

    It looks like netflix made a good deal.

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