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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    OMG the Following is the best show on TV. I am obsessed, chilled, thrilled and out of my seat. It did fantastic against original competition. Kevin Bacon rocks and Annie Parisse is awesome in this role. Best new show for FOX since 24 I am serious. Bones/Following are a great Monday duo. Keep this Monday duo going for FOX. Great non Idol night for FOX which is needed.

    Interesting How I Met Your Mother is doing great I think with it calling next season the final it should do good ratings all the way throughout. Its had a great run on CBS and should finish strong. Rules of Engagement big improvement over Partners. 2 Broke Girls does well but I have to give props to Mike and Molly which doesn’t get anywhere near the fanfare the other FOX shows get and does very well.

  • bluejays

    Such a surprise that HIMYM beat 2BG’s!! That’s not a great number for 2BG’s and shows again how wrong CBS were to move Men to Thursdays – CBS Mondays could be in big trouble when The Voice comes back and CBS’s numbers take their usual spring dive.

    I was bang on the money re The Following – I said a 3 or 2.9. That’s still a really good rating. Its a well scripted, well acted show but I find it a bit much with all the graphic violence against women, so don’t know how long I will be able to stomach it.

    HFo did okay but I would like to see higher numbers with such weak competition – and Ouch at Castle. Deception is dead.

  • Tom

    Still good for The Following. It’s not even remotely close to being cancelled at this point. In fact, in order for it to even be in danger I’d wager it would have to fall below a 2.0 rating. I also agree with@Remote Patrolled, that if anyone got upset over some gay kiss they’re living in the wrong decade.

    As for TCD, those numbers seem awfully high. I’d hold off on cracking open the champaign just yet…

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Syndication ratings have been horrible. Otherwise, CBS would be morons not to bring ‘Rules’ back for a FULL 8th season. It got ZERO promotion, and pulls in close to 10 million viewers in its 7th season (its fifth as a midseason replacement). They would be smart to bring it back next year for the sake of helping launch 9pm comedies on Thursdays.

    Thursdays (2013-14):
    8:00pm – TBBT
    8:30pm – NEW COMEDY
    9:00pm – 2.5 Men (final season)
    9:30pm – Rules

  • Mon

    While I think the 2 Broke Girls SB promo was unique and funny, it was misleading. It didn’t really promote what the show was about especially for those who haven’t watched or heard of it. They should have done a simple (and much less expensive!) 30-second skit, like those in Emmys. Max and Caroline could have been asked to cater to a Super Bowl party and some drunk guy wrecks havoc and a showdown beyween him and the girls comes afterwards! I don’t think it was that hard to do a SB-related skit since the show has talented cast and writers. The show is hilarious.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @The drop for The Following was expected but that’s still a great rating.

    Yep. The true test for The Following is the voice. Alkatraz die when the voice came. Still fox is so low that TF will be renew even for friday. Touch will collapse on friday.

  • a p garcia

    I’am too old for TCD, but i am glad it did OK. I kind expected TF to go down with competition, but it was solid. I am wondering why H50 has trouble keeping a solid audience from M&M.

  • JJF

    Castle is really hurt by ABC insisting on using failing reality shows as its lead-in. But it’s still in overall decent shape. It’s not as if ABC really has any big hits this year to replace it with. Nashville will probably trade the PP/BOP slot and they’ll premiere the same number of new shows next year, with perhaps fewer comedies since they’ve had horrible luck with them this year.

  • bluejays

    @gerry – its not tomas jane (I heart him too sooo much) its James Purefoy (who I used to heart too in Rome but he’s so horrible in The Following that my heart has turned against him :) )

  • John A

    TCD will adjust down. 0.7 is a bit too high.

  • CBSviewer

    Why are you all saying TCD will be Renewed with a 0.7 ? I don’t think The CW will Renew this Show only because it got a 0.7 once. Hart of Dixie is very more profitable for the network.
    Last year, Ringer had a 0.8 for its sixth episode and was canceled !

  • KT

    Any way we can get a poll about Smash’s Season 2 premiere ratings tonight? I loved it during Season 1, but based on what I’ve read, I’m very hesitant about the direction Season 2 is said to be going in..

    Not to mention that I don’t really feel like Betty White is the most compatible lead-in (though I guess it’s better than TNN’s plummeting ratings in recent weeks).

  • Petar Ivanov

    2BG is racy but funny show. I love it. Best new CBS sitcom. and second best after TBBT.

  • Carmen

    Last night I started to watch Castle and turned it off as soon as I saw that it was going to be yet another episode centering around the murder of Becketts mother.
    I really don’t want to sound unfeeling, but I’m simply sick of that story line.
    If the writers are not careful, I think they will fall into the same trap as the Mentalist writers have created with the Red John episodes.
    I think a good part of the Mentalist ratings falling to what they have been is the direct result of people tiring of Red John. I know I have.

  • a p garcia

    TF almost has the intensity of 24.

  • senor chang

    -Wow, CBS got NOTHING from the Super Bowl. Not getting a boost at all is bad enough, but dropping is even worse for 2BG. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with it next season: it doesn’t seem strong enough to be an anchor, but moving it to a different slot is a concession. And as we all know, CBS hates conceding.
    -The Biggest Loser is back down to where it was before the hiatus. The difference is that now it’s pulling that number against much stronger competition than what it faced on Tuesdays. In any case, it’s one of NBC’s highest-rated shows at this point. Good for it. And at least Deception hit its floor.
    -Very strong showing for both FOX dramas. We’ll see how much of that 2.9 the Following can keep interested to May, but the first three weeks have been very very stable.
    -ABC is NBC, only slightly higher.
    -The Carrie Diaries may have some life in it yet, assuming that number won’t be adjusted down (The number for 90210 seems okay, so probably not?)

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Don’t understand why 2 Broke Girls didn’t rise with it’s promo in the Super-Bowl

    GOOD question. I am so dissapointed. To be fair i expect 5.0 for 2BG post super bowl this MOnday. Its so funny sitcom.

  • bluejays

    @AP garcia – HFO is pretty much the same as a lot of ten pm shows, in fact its retention is generally better than say Elementary.

    For example last Thursday POI had 3.2 demo and 15.71 million viewers and Elementary got a 2.2 demo and 10.9 mill viewers.

    HFO often has a lead in of around 3-3.2 from M&M and does around a 2.-2.4 (often its adjusted up for some reason too in the finals) and it only drops about a million viewers on average. Way less than Elementary does most weeks.

    I’m not trying to slate Elementary by the way – I’m trying to show that the drop off is not at all weird or bad for HFO. Its normal for a ten pm show.

  • senor chang

    This Thursday will be a VERY interesting night for three reasons:
    -What’s the return of Community going to mean for all of NBC’s other comedies?
    -How much of the Super Bowl boost will Elementary retain in its first week–and how much of it will it ultimately keep?
    -How terrible will the number for Do No Harm be, not only starting off sub-1 but also facing tough competition from CBS/ABC?

  • Sarah

    Happy that Bones only lost .3 and stayed above 9 mil, albeit barely, but still. :)

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