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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  • networkman

    ABC: Castle will most likely return for a final season. But it will move to a new spot. The network should really try a drama on Friday night.

    CBS: Congrats to Rules of Engagement. In my opinion, it was funnier than HIMYM. I feel HIMYM received a slight boost from viewers hearing the news that it is coming to an end. And things will get wrapped up in one more final season. H5O should be doing somewhat better since Revolution is not on at this moment. It must share a different audience than the comedies. I still feel H5O would be great for Tuesday @10pm. It would garner at least 2.5 and over 10 million viewers consistenly. That would improve drastically over Vegas.

    NBC: Deception seems to have hit its bottom. And the viewers that are now watching should remain until the end to see how the “mystery” ends. NBC has bigger problems with Do No Harm. Deception should remain on the schedule until all episodes are aired.

    CW: Please wrap up 90210 at the end of this season. The Carrie Diaries prove that the network can do better.

  • Paul P

    Wow CBS handily won the night & all the critism at it is amazing. Couple
    weeks ago I put a comment on how much Nashville is promoted for very
    low ratings & everyone jumped on that. Folks are very jealous of CBS.

  • Linda E.

    I wish HF-0 had done better, but considering that CBS hardly promoted this “Hookman” remake, it’s not too surprising. Very good episode. Peter Weller was great and Max Weinberg, from the “E-Street Band”, can act. Who knew? He played the gunstore owner.
    The final scene with McGarrett brought tears to my eyes.
    This was one episode however, that shouldn’t have had carguments, and they
    should have kept the gun controversy out of it. Scott is getting some backlash on Facebook, which is probably partially because of something else. People should realize that HF-0 is a TV show, and the character is just following the script.

  • rob60990

    “They were expecting the State of the Union to be on 29 January, so they could premiere Body of Proof tonight. When the address was moved to next Tuesday, they decide to reschedule BoP to avoid having a week off after the premiere. So, they needed to air something tonight, and The Bachelor ended up being that something.”

    The Bachelor would have had to air an extra episode anyway. It had to do with the way Christmas/New Years fell. The Bachelor usually runs for 11 weeks. It started January 7 so 4 in January, 4 in February & 2 in March would only equal 10. Last year, it premiered on January 2 so there were 5 Mondays in Jan, 4 in February, & 2 in March so all 11 episodes aired without having to air an extra episode during the week.

  • Chris.2.0

    @Brandy, I don’t know if they air promos in certain cities/states more or less. But personally I watch the CW all the time, and I haven’t seen 1 single promo for the Carrie Diaries. All they promote is Beauty/Arrow, like tons of promos for those shows.

  • Ram510

    So does anybody else have any guess as to why CBS treat Rules of Engagement gets Treated like a step child? Sorry Ultima you lost me when you brought up old 2009 stats

  • Methix0r

    H50 should be on tuesdays after NCIS LA its a more suited timeslot , i still dont know why cbs puts in after dam comedies its a completley different audience

  • ivy

    H50 is great. Glad it got 2.3–wish it was higher.

  • Richard

    I don’t know why Bones got such surprisingly low ratings at the start of this season, when the last two or three episodes have been some of their highest rated.

  • rob60990

    Rules of Engagement can’t stand on its own. It pulls respectable ratings but it’s just not a self-starter and CBS knows that. Repeats of TBBT have even done better in that timeslot than the season premiere of Rules of Engagement.

  • Ultima

    The Bachelor would have had to air an extra episode anyway. It had to do with the way Christmas/New Years fell.

    Ah. I thought that might have been the case, but was too lazy to check.

    Presumably, had the Body of Proof rescheduling not been necessary, they might have just aired the Women Tell All special on Sunday night before the finale instead of repeats.

  • Ultima

    Sorry Ultima you lost me when you brought up old 2009 stats

    If you want to know why they did something, you have to go back to before they started doing it…

  • cris

    Go ROE!!!!
    This comedy is awesome

  • Billy


    That is very well put. ROE gets no respect from CBS because it is a show that only does well behind another hit. If it did not have HIMYM’s 4.0 in front of it the show would not be getting a 3.1. CBS needs anchors for their sitcoms not shows that fill in the half hours. They can get new shows to do that.

  • Brandy

    Chris2.0, I don’t know either.I live in Col. And watch CW all but Fri(unless Top Models on)& Wed and I saw a Carrie Diaries promo every other commercial starting back in Dec and Arrow, VD, BatB ones too.People complained about the amount of Carrie Diaries ads during GG series finale in mid Dec, I read this online.

  • Cj morton

    Woah! The Carrie Diaries! Also: Castle! :( it was so good! Still not at that much risk of being cancelled though…

  • Ruan

    Why is “The Biggest Loser” above “Bones” if it got a 2.0 while the FOX drama got a 2.3?

  • Ryan T

    “So does anybody else have any guess as to why CBS treat Rules of Engagement gets Treated like a step child?”

    Numbers and ratings matter of course, but I think it’s also because the show has zero buzz compared to their other sitcoms. BBT, 2HM, MM, and HIMYM get some awards recognition and have popular celebrities like Jim Parsons, Ashton Kutcher, Neil Patrick Harris, Melissa McCarthy, (previously) Charlie Sheen, Jason Segel, etc. 2BG is not up there yet with the likes of those other shows, but it is a self-starter, something ROE never was. Plus it’s easier to promote a show using Kat Dennings than David Spade.

  • Beth


    I was wondering the same thing.

  • Jenny G

    The “Following” kissing scene lasted a total of 20 seconds. WTH??? Had two women kissed we would hear nothing about it. Typical male garbage.

    The “Following” rocks, so does Deception, it’s a shame it will be cancelled.

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