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

    Is The Following following the same ratings trajectory as Alcatraz?

    Alcatraz – 3.3, 3.0, 2.8

    The Following – 3.2, 3.3, 2.9

    Alcatraz started collapsing week 4 (this week last year), dropping all the way to a 1.9 for its fifth episode.

  • networkman

    @BigBrotherFan, The Following is the Best New Show of the Year. Last night’s episode had me on the edge of my seat. It was so intense. I’m as excited about this show as I was with the first seasons of Revenge and Once Upon A Time. The Following is a pyschological thriller. It is intelligently written. And I hope viewers don’t tune out simply because of kissing. Anyways, hopefully it can hit the 3.0 demo once again this season. I would love for FOX to air a special episode after American Idol.

  • Cory


    Good point on the content of 2BG being a bit much for 8:30. That said, I’d say that Two and a Half Men is just as smutty and filthy — and that airs at 8:30 (and behind the #1 show on network television behind football).

  • HalCapone

    Thx Ultima for the Alcatraz numbers.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Alcatraz – 3.3, 3.0, 2.8

    The Following – 3.2, 3.3, 2.9

    Nope, Alkatraz was 3.3 3.3 TWO episodes. And Alkatraz collapse when The voice came. Now the voice will begin litle late but still will be with the same result like last year. Only differense TF will get renew for ratings before the voice. And will take fringe/touch spot. But can survive there even more than on Monday. Its heavy serialized and doubt that can survive against CBS sitcoms and The voice on Monday next season.

  • Hubert R. Wentland

    Yeah, HIMYM was a bubble show, but the ratings weren’t all that different from this current season. it’s just that the situation has changed and the ratings remained similar and thats what I meant. the 2.5 series low from season 1 was never beaten, only once tied during season 6.

  • Nicole

    I hope people start watching the Following.. its really a good show. And its to soon to tell what its fate will be. Maybe after 6 episodes or so of ratings we will have a better idea of whats going to become of it. But its got a strong start ill say that.. Hope it sticks around a while.

  • Jared

    Can’t say I’m surprised that The Carrie Diaries ratings have risen over the past 2 weeks. Sometimes networks need to be patient when launching a new show and let it play out for a little and let it find its audience.

  • Petar Ivanov

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

    So if you are one of lowest rated network sitcoms and get 7 seasons mean that yoy are step child. Interesting.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I agree with you 100%. I really hope people don’t get all uncomfortable and stop tuning in for that reason, either. It was just stuff I was reading on THE FOLLOWING boards from viewers. It is an amazing series!

    …well if you think back to THE SOPRANOS 2004 season with the whole “construction” scene, who knows? I would of figured that kind of audience be very turned off by that and they where not.

    I hope I’m wrong.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @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.

    for example Rob was with better demo but was cancel.

  • Karl

    This was the 1st time I watched Hawaii50 instead of Castle…guess I wasn’t the only one.

  • Petar Ivanov


    i have a question for you i don’t watch the show but why abc air the bachelor today? thanks.

  • coonio

    wow castle though the awesomeness of the episode the ratings sucked. but i think it was because of the weak lead-in, it beat the bachelor in total viewers.

  • Chris.2.0

    The problem with CW is they never promoted The Carrie Diaries, so it started out very low. I hope they don’t do the same with Cult. Anyone know when Cult’s premiering ?

    On a side note, please stop hating on 2 Broke Girls. I love the show, it’s just as funny as TheBigBang if not better. If you don’t enjoy don’t watch it/or post mean posts about it. It only dropped 3 percent for God’s sake. Considering it was on a break for awhile that’s not bad.

  • Rebecca

    I’m trying to like The Carrie Diaries because I was obsessed with Sex and the City but the show has been getting worse each episode so I don’t understand the high(er) ratings for last night. First, it was downright stupid to do a Halloween episode in February. Second, the dialogues is just plain terrible. Granted, I don’t expect much from the CW, but clearly they can produce some entertaining shows (i.e. The Vampire Diaries), but this show is so poorly written. All of last night’s story lines were boring and contrived. Sorry Carrie, I tried, but you lost a viewer last night.

  • JAA

    IMHO, last night’s episode of Castle was one of the best episodes I’ve seen in a long time

  • Ultima

    Nope, Alkatraz was 3.3 3.3 TWO episodes.

    The point was to compare the week-to-week drops, so it is irrelevant if the premiere was two hours or one.

    And Alkatraz collapse when The voice came. Now the voice will begin litle late but still will be with the same result like last year.

    While The Voice certainly dealt a blow to Alcatraz (~18% drop), the following week, Alcatraz was down another ~17% and continued to drop, even though The Voice was dropping significantly as well.

    Alcatraz would have failed even without The Voice, so unless that’s true for The Following as well, I wouldn’t expect a similar result this season.

  • Baaa!

    The Following did well with full competition and an overall down trend for the night. Super monday not so super for CBS.

  • David Howell

    Surprising lack of a post-SB boost for CBS, but three of the sitcoms were doing well anyway and Rules plugs in the gap at 8:30 (albeit not quite as well as TBBT reruns).

    The Following will settle in the 2s somewhere. Which will still make it one of only three live-action scripted shows the network have that can do that, hence certain renewal.

    Does Bones always skew that old (2.3 with over 9m viewers), or does it skew younger when DWTS is on to soak up the old crowd?

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