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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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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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  • Melanie

    Wow I am surprised by the Following going up.

    90210 — is just pathetic.

  • Sarah


    I wish Bones would go back on Thursdays, but as long as they don’t put it on Fridays I’ll be happy.

    Oh, and didn’t the X-Files go 9 seasons, too?

  • steve

    Yes CBS was in repeats but many still thought it would drop and now people are using that as an excuse and growing from your premier in this day an age is just so rare.

  • ABC hater

    Impressive results for The Following. :D

  • Tom

    EOMD opened at a 0.5; TCD opened at a 0.6. It’s interesting that both programs were pretty much DOA. HOD opened to a 0.8 before eventually dropping back to the 0.5/0.6 range; B&B opened to a 1.2 before plummeting to about half that. I understand that the CW’s target demo is women 18-34. However, it’s also clear that the network’s three most successful shows are clearly aimed at a broader audience. This makes me wonder why the CW persists in pursuing the women 18-34 demo despite it’s lack of success. To put it concisely, such shows simply do not increase their ratings after they debut and predictably drop within an episode or two thereafter. Although the CW can’t produce a show that works in it’s target demo, it nevertheless still seems to be producing pilots directed at that audience. It baffles me what’s occurring at the CW, but I’m not optimistic that its overall ratings will improve so long as it stays on its present course.

  • Lainey

    I say it every week… CW- please put 90210 out of it’s misery already. It’s such an embarrassment, and I’m not even talking about the ratings. An emo middle-schooler could write, direct, produce, and act out a better TV show.

  • a p garcia

    I don’t see TF drepping very much even with competition.

  • joel

    I think I’m out after two episodes of The Following. I can’t get past the feeling it’s just contrived TV drama to lead you around with the carrot that you have to watch next week to see the answer to this week’s cliffhanger. What I want from my TV shows, even the serialized ones, is a self-contained enjoyable experience within the confines of a single episode without them having to use the serialized soap opera to manipulate you to keep watching.

  • Josh

    The following will be adjusted down

  • Brandy

    EOMD and CD are steady despite middling to low ratings,more steady than BatB.
    EO premiere 0.5 & since 0.3-0.4
    Carrie Diaries premiere 0.6& since 0.5
    BatB premiere 1.2& since 0.6-0.7 mainly with one 0.5

  • coonio

    wow i didn’t see that coming Castle wins its timeslot with a repeat

  • LisaM

    why all the reruns again!?!

  • Jack Burton

    Evidentially TCD is cleaning house in young viewers. This shocked the CW brass who expected the reverse scenario. If it really is growing in that regard… Considering it has 1.4 mil in viewers…. I would not be so quick to call it dead based on it’s 18-49 numbers. I can see the CW nurturing it to “CW level” respectability. Also keep in mind that the CW does not weight as heavily on live numbers as all the other networks. Online viewing and social media exposure play directly into their wheelhouse. Once the dust full settles, and it fully levels out across all platforms, we will have a better picture. It really is good enough to grow over time considering it’s roots and likeability.

    Whoever suggested pairing it with HOD may have hit the nail on the head.

  • Samunto

    Yayyyyyy! Very happy to see those ratings for The Following! It was a brilliant episode and am already sold on the concept! Am in.

    Next week the competish will be tougher with CBS coming off the superbowl and they’ll most certainly air many promos for the comedies & esp 2BG.

    But till then, it’s party time! And hopefully it gets adjusted up in the finals.

  • BigBrotherFan

    You guys should do a POLL how many days until NBC pulls DECEPTION?
    Too bad because it’s not so bad. I love the actors on it! The female lead and Tate Donavan are great!

  • bb

    The Following is great!!! Yeah! Been waiting for Fox to get a good new show! Can’t wait for next week!

  • Chris

    Ha, I guess I am no longer the worst at predicting what will work with Nielsen households. I’m not great at it: I did think The Following would have a slight drop just because all dramas lose audience after their premiere, but would keep most of their viewers (because famous actors + high production values + relentlessly grim and joyless drama = what Nielsen families already like).

    But lo, The Following bucks the trend and actually gains viewers for its second episode, surprising *everyone*. I don’t mind being a little wrong when I’m in such good company. ;)

  • Ginger

    Maybe give 90210 a 9 episode final renewal and put it on Fridays.

  • Ateofi

    Repeats of Castle and H50 did better than orygina? episode of Deception! Congratulations for FOX which benefited from less competition.

  • networkman

    Congrats to FOX! This is really great news to see a show such as Bones hit a season high in January. Also, The Following rises in its second week. Not only that but viewers were treated to a quality second episode of this new hit drama. I’m really happy to see this, original scripted dramas performing better than the two reality programs they competed against.

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