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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  • gerry

    @ bluejays – i heart him too, though sad to hear he’s horrible in the following.

    @ cbs viewer – if TCD is showing growth, it will be renewed over BatB. CW is re-airing it in every available spot so it obviously wants it to succeed. I think HoD is fine. 90210 gone as well as BatB. (and ringer shouldn’t have been cancelled, but numbers are lower across the board this year)

  • Oliver


    The McRib strategy is waiting until pork becomes cheap on the futures market.

    I don’t think the same reasoning applies to Rules of Engagement.

  • Cory

    A 2.9 for The Following is better than decent on FOX. The show still rates higher than Bones, Glee, etc. on a consistent basis. FOX lacks a deep bench — so The Following is going to have to become a key player in reviving the network. They need it to be the next 24.

    NBC is on autopilot until The Voice returns. The Biggest Loser is cheap to make, so I wouldn’t be worried about the ratings. Deception is obviously just waiting to be fed to the Cancellation Bear. Why didn’t they try to at least sample this with a Voice lead-in? Sounds like a classic burn off to me…

    ABC’s ratings woes continue. Aside from the surprisingly strong Scandal ratings, they’re having an awful season. The Bachelor is doing well enough to keep going, but Castle is getting weaker. Given that Dancing’s ratings haven’t been that much stronger (sometimes weaker!) than The Bachelor as a lead-in, don’t look for Castle’s ratings to improve in the coming weeks. I still think they’ll renew it though.

    I think CBS will shake up their Monday line-up next year. Finding the right show to anchor Monday night like HIMYM has will be really challenging. I think that if they can stabalize 2BG to 3.5+, they’re probably better off letting it takeover the 8:00 slot (perhaps still leading into Mike & Molly at 8:30, usually their toughest slot). They can then use the final season of HIMYM to introduce a new comedy at 9:30. There’s no denying what Nina Tassler said last year – “Rules” is the strongest utility player on network television. A 3.1 is an excellent rating with fantastic retention in a tricky slot. Hawaii Five-O has stabalized, which is also good.

    I won’t comment on The CW because I don’t care enough (though that Carrie Diaries rating is impressive given the weak state of the rest of the network).

  • Michael

    Gerry, you do realize Ringer was hitting 0.3/0.4 when it returned from its winter hiatus, right? Yes, it was rightfully cancelled.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @senor chang
    TAHM is waaaaaaaay more expensive thab 2BG and barely take 4.0 with beast TBBT lead-in. If CBS move it again will collapse. 2BG is almost at TAHM level and is stable enough.

    I think the voice will hit harder fox not so much cbs sitcoms. April and May are bad months for TV shows in general. Big the voice will kill a lot of shows this season.

  • gerry

    @ michael, i was going off someone else’s comment at which point ringer was a .8 (and i just really liked ringer).

  • nerv

    HIMYM is one of CBS’s youngest-skewing shows. It’s not a monster hit in viewership with each season not averaging less than 10 million but demo-wise, it pulls in respectable numbers, with or without TAAHM to support it. Plus, the Robin Sparkles hype (which I personally looked forward to) and the final season announcement may have contributed to the ratings increase.

  • John A

    Lets not go over the top about ROE. I mean a TBBT repeat could get that rating in that slot. A original dropping 0.9 from that lead in isnt great.

  • Edward

    Bones is wonder for Fox. Shocking to be honest. I predicted it would be dead this year.

  • nerv

    i meant each season averaging less than 10 million.

  • RyanCanada

    How is HIMYM all the sudden getting these high ratings? Really? There were always a million plus less in viewers than M&M and the demo was around the same and now? Hitting high in there lackluster 8 season? I’m not buying it BTW I loved bones 2bg and mandm

  • Brian J

    Wow, “Deception” is pretty much done for.

  • Oliver

    @Ryan Schwartz

    Completely agree about a 2hr comedy block with RoE on Thursday. Its syndication ratings suck but I doubt the show is very expensive.

    Given how well CBS’s comedies are performing, it should be a no-brainer, if only to have schedule space to develop shows to replace TaaHM and HIMYM.

  • Cere

    As CBS was back with new episodes, I anticipated the slight drop for “The Following”. These numbers are, still, very solid and the best FOX has seen for it’s scripted offerings all season. Naturally, the real test will be to see how it holds up when “The Voice” returns. So far, I see no reason to believe that it won’t get a second season.

    “Deception”, on the other hand, is bear food. “Revolution” can’t come back soon enough.

  • nerv

    Was The X-Files FOX’s longest running drama? I hope Bones run longer than that. It’s really a survivor for facing highly rated shows and still alive and kicking!

  • Cerebro

    Grrr…my name got cut off.

  • Dave

    If I were fans of 9O21O and Dixie, I’d be worried if The Carrie Diaries continues with this trend.

    Yay for The Following! :D

    Hawaii was great but I want better ratings!

    2BG! :D

  • Petar Ivanov

    @“The Following” is a terribly written, silly show. When the Voice returns it will demolish it to the low 2?s/high 1?s.

    ME: It will go to this numbers but not because is silly show but because the voice is to big hit now. And also we have summer and NBA play-offs.

    @Bones – awful numbers, down again
    H50 – the worst show from CBS, its numbers are horrible for that network
    The Following – wow big flop
    Castle – lost millions of viewers. Demos could be worse. Bubble time ?

    ME: wow man you kill all shows. I was sure that you are hater. Can you say at least one good/quality show by your standarts.

  • Ultima

    How is HIMYM all the sudden getting these high ratings?

    People were interested in the Robin Sparkles promotion during the Super Bowl?

    Also, it’s only up a tenth over the 14 January episode, it’s not like a 4.0 is completely out of left field…

  • Dan S

    As expected TF had a drop last night. Still 2.9 is very solid & don’t think it’ll drop much further. Heck it could even adjust up in the finals like it did before. Deception continues to waste valuable primetime, why can’t they bring back Revolution early ?

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