TV Ratings Monday: 'How I Met Your Mother' & 'The Following' Fall, 'Deception' & 'Castle' Up + 'The Biggest Loser' Hits Season Low

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February 12th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/7 2.5/7 2.3/6 1.8/5 1.6/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 2.1/6 1.9/6 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.588 8.560 8.239 4.757 3.836 0.988


CBS was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother earned a 3.2, down eight tenths from last week's 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. Rules of Engagement garnered a 2.8, down three tenths from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. 2 Broke Girls scored a 3.5, down two tenths from last week's 3.7. Mike & Molly notched a 2.9, down three tenths from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-0 scored a 2.1, down two tenths from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Bones earned a 2.2, down two tenths from last week's 2.4 rating. The Following scored a 2.4, down half a ratings point from last week's 2.9 among adults 18-49.

On ABC, The Bachelor garnered a 2.7, up three tenths from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Castle earned a 2.0, up two tenths from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser earned a season low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down a tenth from last week’s 2.1. Deception notched a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up two tenths from last week's 1.1

On the CW, The Carrie Diaries garnered a 0.6, down a tenth from last week's series high 0.7 adults 18-49. 90210 dropped a tenth to a 0.3 after last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating

More analysis coming soon

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, February 11, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.2 9 9.02
ABC The Bachelor (8-10PM) 2.7 7 8.38
FOX Bones 2.2 6 8.73
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 2.0 5 5.49
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.6 2 1.31
8:30 PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.8 7 8.37
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.5 9 10.79
FOX The Following 2.4 6 7.75
CW 90210 0.3 1 0.67
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 2.9 7 10.39
10:00PM CBS Hawaii Five-O 2.1 6 9.48
ABC Castle 2.0 5 8.91
NBC Deception 1.3 3 3.30

Note coming soon


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  • tscchope

    Not a good night eve nfor CW. 90210 looks dead ratings wise. The Carrie Diaries -best thing for it is it is stable It’s not likely to grow to .9 RSH. With HoD heading for syndication -efeective renewal for two seasons , if renewed, the chance that TCD will be isn’t great. About all it might have is how the execs feel about the strength of possible replacements.

    The following is displaying Alcatraz tendencies. If its ratings stabilized, it may have a chance at renewal If not , it just gets added to a succession of drama flops for Fox.

  • Linda E.

    HF-0 was very good last night. Treat Williams guest-starred and he was great. I didn’t mind that part of the storyline with him and Mama McGarrett.
    The crime story was good and I found Summer Glau very believable, though I’m not familiar with any of her work. McGarrett used an Indiana Jones bit to stop one of the villains. This episode deserved higher numbers !!!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    John A: “ive seen you here pick at plenty of shows due to quality and Ratings and im a moran? Just because i dont like Nikita is it? Get overself.”

    No, because all you do is make brainless comments like the one about Glau. Worse, you don’t bother to post any reasons at all WHY you don’t like Nikita.

    You’re here to be a butt-head to fans of shows you don’t like, and that’s it. That makes you a troll and a moron.

    When I criticize a show, I say WHY. And I don’t insult the fans unless they insult me first. I’m not trying to be the biggest smart-ass on the site like you are. And you don’t even succeed at that.

  • a p garcia

    All my fav. fell and its going to be anotherv slow night tonight.

  • Bloop

    Glad people are realizing how awful The Following is.

  • alffan

    I’m a fan of 90210 and it’s gotten bad creatively. They need to be told to write a finale. Unfortunately, the writing team this year sent the show south.

  • The Rookie

    IMO 90210 tried too hard to separate itself from BH90210 with no attractive premise to support this transition. Getting rid of the older cast and not showing any drive or growth process for the teens made the show stale too fast. The cool kids were not cool at all.

  • Ateofi

    Linda E
    I’m with you on H50 numbers. They are weak but if it is any consolation, H50 dropped less than the preceeding shows i.e. Mike and Molly. Generally, it’s a bad night for CBS. Well, at last Castle went up

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Dillan: “Hart of Dixie is a perfect example of a show that premiered low but stayed stable last year”

    I just looked up HoD ratings from season one. It averaged a 0.6. You may be correct that it is why it got renewed. I haven’t followed HoD last season, so I don’t know what other factors may have been involved in its renewal.

    But I find it difficult to believe that even the CW is going to consistently renew shows that do .6 from their premiere to the end of their first season. I think it will depend on how their new pilots look. With only three shows in their roster doing over .9, they need to start taking more risks, clean out the teen stroke shows and the sitcoms and start doing more scripted drama like Arrow.

  • Cristian

    I think with The Following it’s a result of episode 3 being mediocre. I don’t see how they can keep this premise going for too long until it becomes annoying.


    @ Christian

    It became annoying to me last week–I saw way too many loopholes for it to remain believable

  • Jon

    I’m quite shocked at the following’s drop, but should I really be? I guess it says a lot about our society when smart scripted drama gets beat out by a trashy reality show such as the Bachelor. Honestly what keeps people tuned into that show it’s the same dreck season after season. I am really disappointed that it has tumbled so far already. After looking at its numbers from week one and two I really believed we had a bonafide hit on our hands and that by the end of the season it would be in the top 5 in the demo.

  • cadburyeasteregg

    So I suppose Deception will be given walking papers and be replaced by Off Their Rockers or reruns of Revolution for the rest of the duration? Thank goodness, now these great actors can move on to something better!!!

    Maybe that’s a good thing because Deception was terribly written, and sorry to say but as great an actor as John Larroquette is, he’s far, FAR too good for this show and his character didn’t even gain a proper transition from comic relief to dark villain. Subtlety is something Deception lacks greatly and it doesn’t deserve Larroquette or Garber in its cast. These two need to be on well written FX, HBO or Showtime dramas, not some crappy NBC show.

  • John A

    The 2 leads women in Nikita to me are horrible. Especialy Lyndsey whatever her name is. To me its like 90210 a show with pretty girls who cant act. I dont bother to watch it to write a essay on how awful it is like you do with Revolution.

  • John

    The Following hardly qualifies as ‘smart scripted drama’. It’s by-the-numbers procedural with a tacked on gimmick that has gotten stale fast.

    Viewers tuned in for Kevin Bacon, but the show is obviously not doing a good job of keeping them interested.

  • Justin121


    You are wrong. The only CW shows that do better than the 0.6 range are the top 3: TVD, SPN, and Arrow. The CW isn’t too good for a 0.6 rating.

    Had Carrie premeired a 1.0 or higher and is now at a 0.6, like B&B, Ringer, Secret Circle, you’d have more of point.

    For now, it’s like last year’s Hart of Dixie or 90210. Pretty safe for renewal.

    90210 is in most danger of cancelaltion.

    Nikita and Beast are next.

    Dixie and Carrie are safe.

  • Dillan


    The CW would of course cancel all their low rated shows if they could afford to, but they can’t. So some low rated shows will be renewed. I think at this moment, B&TB is looking most likely to get canceled. It’s this years TSC.

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for the recommendation, though I probably won’t watch that one. I never saw UD and couldn’t get into Room With A View, but I do like Downton Abbey. I liked Gosford Park too. My fave “period drama” was the version of Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth – back when we got the VHS set for my grandma we all stayed up and watched every tape back to back.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    John A: “The 2 leads women in Nikita to me are horrible.”

    Which just means you’re a poor judge of acting. Probably one of these people who think any actor who isn’t doing Emmy work on a daily basis must be “bad.” The only actor who bores me on Nikita is Noah Bean and to some degree Dillon Casey. Everyone else is perfectly believable.

    “Especialy Lyndsey whatever her name is.”

    Lyndsy is not as good as Maggie Q, which is not surprising as she has less experience. But she’s adequate for her role. In acting, being even remotely believable is good enough for most parts. There’s also the issue of acting style. A lot of people think Keanu Reeves can’t act, when in fact what they don’t like is his STYLE.

    If you want to see bad acting, look at any movie from the ’70’s with Raquel Welch in it. THAT was bad, or more precisely nonexistent, acting. :-)

    The majority of actors who work steadily are “good enough” actors. Otherwise they wouldn’t be working steadily. Some are better than others. But if they work steadily they’re fine – unless they’re only doing “hot chick” roles because they ARE “hot chicks”. Maggie doesn’t qualify for that.

    “To me its like 90210 a show with pretty girls who cant act.”

    I haven’t seen that show so I can’t comment on the level of acting. I also don’t know the acting resumes of any of the female leads on that show, so I don’t know if any of them have acting chops. In acting, experience is the main component. The longer an actor works, as long as they’re paying attention, the better they tend to get.

    One thing I DO know is that Summer Glau is a decent actress. Jodie Foster once said that acting is about physical and emotional expression, and Summer is very good at that, especially the physical side of it. She can cry better than most actresses, and her face is one of the most expressive I’ve seen. Watch a series of screen caps and you’ll see her face almost never has the same expression twice. It’s almost creepy – like she’s a shape-shifter or something. :-)

    “I dont bother to watch it to write a essay on how awful it is like you do with Revolution.”

    Which means you don’t really have any reasons, it’s just a visceral dislike. Fine. But it doesn’t give you any credibility.

    Every one has an opinion. Everyone has a hole in his butt. They have equal weight without reasons.

  • Rob Pollard

    @ Jon The Following is a “smartly scripted drama”? Are you crazy?

    Every episode has multiple instances of bad dialogue and even worse police work. “Oh sure, let’s just send a single cop to watch over the wife of the guy who killed two people earlier today, and who we’re not completely sure isn’t in on it–what can go wrong? Why waste having two cops there to watch each others’ backs?” Kevin Williamson smartly sent up those stupid horror movie cliches in the late 90s with Scream – and now he’s perpetuating them, unironically, on a weekly basis.

    Plus, their use of Poe is making English majors around the U.S. heads explode – they mispronounce story titles, utilize wrong themes, etc.

    The show is a crushing disappointment, as I like Bacon, Williamson and Poe. It is unerringly bleak with multiple grisly murders every week, along with animal killings, child endangerment and a bevy of stupid “followers.” If they were going to go this route, it HAD to be tightly scripted. It’s a mess which will keep dropping below 2.0 in the very near future.

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