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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  • Richard Steven Hack

    I expected The Following to hit 3.0, so 2.9 isn’t too far off. The next three episodes will tell the tale – it either keeps dropping or it stabilizes.

    Hawaii Five-O was one of their best episodes with Peter Weller reprising the role first done in the original by the legendary Texas private detective Jay J. Armes. Except Armes’ artificial hands were mere claws compared to the high-tech ones Weller used.

  • 2134

    Last week’s predictions for The Following were too pessimistic, this week’s, too optimistic. Haha. :D

  • MikeNY48

    CBS could get 99% and all of the hater would still say it was a bad night for CBS.

  • Petar Ivanov

    OK we can say it in this way better NBC and fox from now to think for new reality shows after super bowl. Reality get much more and longer goods for networks than any other option. Two examples – survivor and the voice.
    But please no more talent shows. There are and other choices for reality. Look at Europe. Endemol are very good by the way in these shows.

  • FaceForDarkness89

    The Following didn’t do it for me the first 2 weeks and this week I’ve decided to abandon it fully. It’s just getting silly, and the dialogue is cringe-worthy. It could have been something, but it’s just more network TV blandness – covered in blood to hide it’s blandness.

  • Nicole

    Aww poor Following.. its such a good show. Still decent numbers though. And as for the CW shows.. i wouldnt get to excitied. The Carrie diaries will adjust down and 90210 probably will too. Both shows are dead.. or at least they would be on any other network the CW is strange so who knows. Anyone have Switched and Bunheads ratings yet.. bunheads was really good last night. Hope it picks up in ratings a little.

  • r0ckmypants

    @John A – No one’s going overboard. That 3.1 is much better than what Partners was getting in the timeslot, and much better than where Rules of Engagement ended last season. Big Bang Theory repeats could perform better than most of CBS’s lineup, so that point’s a bit silly… it’s not as if they have the option to replace half their schedule with them.

  • Rafael

    Please Mike & Molly, fit up! Hopefully not fall to 2.9 in the coming weeks, especially with the poor led-in to 2BG falling more and more, this season began 2BG great but the quality has fallen far!

  • 2134

    Hope The Following doesn’t fall more than that, although, realistically, we can expect it to fall another couple of points at least. If I had to take a guess, the show will eventually end up maintaining a core audience of about 2.5 points, + or – 1 point. I would say that’s about enough for the show to get a renewal. Although, from a creative standpoint, I don’t know how much longer they can stretch the show’s premise of an elaborate plan by a serial killer.

  • Billy

    Does anyone know when was the last time a CBS Monday 8:00 sitcom beat a 9:00 sitcom in the ratings ? I can’t recall ever seeing that. Really good for HIMYM, and very embarassing for 2BG.

  • Hubert R. Wentland

    I’m impressed with HIMYM. the show premiered in 2005 to a 3.9 rating and stayed in this space ever since. it was having some abnormally high seasons (like last one, with 14 episodes topping 4.0) and some abnormally low (like first half of the current season).

    it pleases me a lot that a show that couldn’t be called a hit back then with all the Monday hits around is now #1 for the night.

  • MichaelChickless

    @HalCapone “The Deception numbers are what Revolution would be doing without The Voice”


    @Alfred “’The Following’ is a terribly written, silly show.”


    @Why is Bones listed 4th?

    Yeah…. Why?

  • CrimTV


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

  • Ram510

    @ John A

    TBBT repeats are unusually strong on both broadcast cable, that doesn’t mean full your schedule with TBBT repeats just cause you can, that’s not smart. And why go after RoE for a 3.1 when M&M got the same 3.1 and has been in that same time slot for years, what’s their excuse? RoE did fine

  • CrimTV

    @senor chang

    That’s what I was thinking, also 2BG is almost at TAAHM numbers so if they switched them 2BG could be 4.5+

  • Brandy

    Petra, I agree Big Bang and 2 Broke Girls are CBS best shows(they’re the only only CBS shows I. Watch

  • Sarah

    JMO, not following the Following. not my cup of tea.

  • WoWza

    The Following did great. IIts a much bigger hit than Glee , etc is. FOX has a solid schedule now.
    Mondays are solid. Bones performing in the 2.2 – 2.6 range is great. The Following around a 3.0 is absolutely greaet. I expect it to tick up possibly.

    Tuesdays with New Girls hitting a 2.6 this week, and Raising Hope Consistently obtaining a 1.7 as a nice lead in and even Mindy (which I still think needs to tick up to a 1.8 to be safe fro renewal) is doing well with a 1.7. Nice Tuesdays.

    Wednesday and Thursdays are great. AI is doing great, and Glee is doing well against competition from Greys. In 2’s is good fr another couple seasons awesome :).

    Friday is on life support. Maybe touch can be hyped enough but really touch cant justify a season three unless it has at least a 1.7. Which would be a huge hit for Fridays.

  • _JC

    2.9 for the Following…missed my prediction by a tenth. Next week will probably drop to ~2.6, then stabilize there and coast to an easy renewal (and if it can hold anything close to that number next season, it’ll be around for a while).

    3.1 for RoE, not bad for the red-headed stepchild of CBS comedies.

  • Holly

    After all the money they spent on that promo, CBS has to be disappointed 2 Broke Girls didn’t get any “super Monday” bump. The night wasn’t bad for CBS by any stretch, but still not great.

    FOX is still holding their breath on The Following. It finally dropped, but not by much. And it’s helping Bones too. All around good, but still too early to declare victory.

    NBC is really missing The Voice and Revolution.

    The Bachelor is still chugging along on ABC, but Castle being unable to stay above a 2.0 isn’t good. It’s in no danger this year, but it could be next year.

    Unless there were some preemptions last night, The Carrie Diaries looks like it’s trying to get in the race for renewal.

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