TV Ratings Monday: 'How I Met Your Mother' & 'The Carrie Diaries' Hit Highs, 'The Following' Down, 'Rules of Engagement' Premiere Solid

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February 5th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/8 2.6/7 2.2/6 1.8/5 1.7/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/7 2.1/6 1.8/6 1.2/4 1.6/5 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.135 8.968 8.124 4.880 3.967 1.168


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

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother earned  4.0 adults 18-49 rating up 8 percent from a 3.7 on January 21. The season premiere of Rules of Engagement garnered a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 14 percent from  a 3.6 for its previous season premiere on Thursday, October 20 but up 48 percent from a 2.1 for its season finale on Thursday, May 17. 2 Broke Girls scored a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating down 3 percent  from January 21’s 3.7. Mike & Molly notched a 3.1 among adults 18-49 down 6 percent from a 3.3 on January 21. Hawaii Five-0 scored a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating , even with January 21.

On Fox, Bones earned a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating down 12 percent from last week’s 2.6. The third episode of The Following scored a 2.9 among adults 18-49 down  12 percent from last week’s 3.3. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On ABC, The Bachelor garnered a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from last week’s 2.5. Castle earned a 1.8 among adults 18-49 down 10 percent from a 2.0 on January 21

On NBC, The Biggest Loser earned a season low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down 13 percent from last week’s 2.3. Deception notched a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week’s series low.

On the CW, The Carrie Diaries garnered a series high 0.7 adults 18-49 rating up 40 percent from last week’s 0.5. 90210 earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 even with last week.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, February 4, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother 4.0/11 10.32
ABC The Bachelor  (8-10:00PM) 2.4/6 7.80
FOX Bones 2.3/6 9.02
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 2.0/5 5.76
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.7/2 1.55
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement - Season Premiere 3.1/8 9.33
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.6/9 11.21
FOX The Following 2.9/7 8.92
CW 90210 0.4/1 0.79
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.1/8 10.70
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.3/6 9.63
ABC Castle 1.8/5 8.77
NBC Deception 1.2/3 3.12

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," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 3.0/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.
> * 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," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
> averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in
> the Local People Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5
> in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
> metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25
> markets with local people meters.




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  • Ultima

    Does anyone know when was the last time a CBS Monday 8:00 sitcom beat a 9:00 sitcom in the ratings ?

    No, but it almost happened two weeks ago (2BG topped HIMYM by only 0.6%).

  • Cindy Sue

    I don’t think its the gay kissing. I think its the violence. Which I don’t mind. But honestly I am getting a little tired of the crazies always winning in the end. Now Next week Ryan’s sister is in danger of getting killed. We need some wins to the good side so the show can balance out.

  • Ultima

    Isn’t 2 Broke Girls a bit to risky to place at 8pm because of it’s content?

    CBS has aired it at 8pm a few times already.

  • Chris

    AWMG I’M SO HAPPY! THERE IS HOPE that the Carrie Diaries will get picked up for full/2nd season. :) :)

    The show is so great, every episode is so fresh and exciting. I hope it keeps growing! :)

  • Chris

    2BG has lost a lot of momentum because of bad decisions–the worst of which being Jennifer Coolidge, who needs to be TAKEN OFF THAT SHOW IMMEDIATELY.

  • Brandy

    Petar, I agree Big Bang and 2Broke Girls are cbs’s best shows, there the only ones I watch on CBS.

  • Brandy

    I bet Carrie Diaries get a full season,not just because of this 0.7 but also cause otherwise they’d have another of reruns.

  • Ram510

    Does anybody k ow why CBS treats Rules of Engagement like a step child?

  • cc

    2BG has become my least favorite in the cbs monday line-up lately. I enjoyed RoE more last night. Nice to see its return. Nice for HIMYM.

  • Ultima

    Does anybody k ow why CBS treats Rules of Engagement like a step child?

    Because it can’t pull the numbers that their other sitcoms can.

    It can reliably pull decent numbers and the price is right, which is why they keep it around.

  • Ram510

    @ Ultima

    That sort of makes sense. But it got the same 3.1 M&M did last night so that part confuses me

  • omabin

    no renew cancel index?

  • Ultima

    But it got the same 3.1 M&M did last night so that part confuses me

    Well, on average. 2009-10 was the last time Rules had a full season and its season average was 0.5 below HIMYM and Mike & Molly.

  • Samunto

    So basically CBS Monday did not in the least bit benefit from the superbowl. What a shame, not even 2BG and the promo they had which i liked. CBS must be sad.

    Elementary won’t even manage a 3.0 come Thursday!

    Good to see The Following hold up well.

  • hoki

    Best rated show of the night and finally beat 2BG.
    So sad it is ending next season.

  • Gabe

    @Hubert R. Wentland

    Not true. There was a time that How I met you mother was doing quite bad or average for CBS standards. It was on the buble the year that Britney Spears guest starred on the show and after that episode (which was a series high), it started picking up until it managed to get good ratings and the stabilize. The only exception was the last two years, first when Ted dated the girl from Once upon a time and then after Marshial’s dad’s incident (when the episodes became quite sad and not funny at all).

  • MichaelChickless

    ROE is CBS’ utility infielder who hits for a decent average but goes on the DL a lot.

  • HalCapone

    Is The Following following the same ratings trajectory as Alcatraz?

  • Ultima

    It was on the buble the year that Britney Spears guest starred on the show and after that episode (which was a series high), it started picking up until it managed to get good ratings and the stabilize.

    While the Britney Spears episode was a series high at that point, it was not what caused the increase in ratings as you suggested.

    That episode was only up 0.2 over the previous week. The previous episode had been up a full ratings point over the final episode before the hiatus. Why? The show moved from 8:00pm to 8:30pm behind The Big Bang Theory.


    So glad that HIMYM did so well. One of the funniest episodes in its entire run! And all the Canadian guest stars!!! Would love to know what Alanis Morissette thought of the obvious parody of “You Oughta Know!”

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