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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  • MichaelChickless

    @Mark “I started out really liking the Following since it was unique. I didn’t get to watch last night but not too upset about it. It gets frustrating watching the same thing over and over. The “cult” does something, and then the cops show up or realize it a minute too late. Eventually, you would think the “experts” would catch up with at least one member of the ‘following’.”

    Um, they caught up to one of them last night.

  • Mary

    I really want to watch the show “Following”, however I am waiting to see if it makes it to a second season before I invest my time in a FOX show again. I didn’t start watching House, 24, Fringe and Bones until the second season. I still angry at Fox for cancelling Chicago code, lone star, and the other shows I already forgot the names of!

  • Judy912

    @Linda E
    If it helps any you may remember that Summer Glau was once on the FOX sci-fi series ‘Firefly’ with Nathan Fillion several years back.

    I have nothing against ‘Hawaii 5-0′ for it’s a great series, but I am rather happy that ‘Castle’ did pull some weight a with slight gain in the 18-49 age demo from previous weeks. I just love this series and hope other’s begin to watch it. I used to be a diehard fan of ‘Hawaii 5-0′ but now I am really into ‘Castle’. Both programs are terrific!

  • John A

    @RSH when you have a cold charactor its hard to root for them. Revenge with Emily is very similar. I think thats why the audience is abanding that show too. Also Alias was similar too Nikita and Sydney wasnt cold and it was easy to root for her. A badass and cold chick doesnt work in TV and that has been proven alot.

  • Ruan

    Now things are starting to look worrying for “The Following”.

  • MichaelChickless

    Hopefully this week’s ratings slump is just an anomaly.

  • Paul P

    Rating slump not an anomaly – been down all season.

  • Jt

    Not really look at the amount of shows who are doing far worse.

  • Zach

    Deception is no go


    OH NO FOLLOWING :( All it needs to get is above a 2.0 to get renewed but I’m afraid it’s going to continue plummet like other FOX shows….. Terra Nova, Touch, Alcatraz… FOX knows how to advertiz and get buzz around a show more so then CBS, ABC, NBC, they don’t know how to keep those viewers after they catch the lest few eps..


    First* ^^^

  • Crystal

    @Mary and here I thought I was the only one pissed Chicago Code didn’t get a second season. I really enjoyed that show.

    I used to be a faithful Bones watcher but that show got stale and really still pissed we didn’t actually get to see Booth/Brennan finally happen. Yes Yes I know they had just found out Emily was pregnant and had to work it in but they could have done better. I still watch Castle even though most of last season sucked but I can say that I think they have handle the Castle/Becket hook up well. It hasn’t really up ended the show. I thnk it actually made it better.

    As for H5O I used to DVR it and watch it later… I don’t do that anymore. Is it even worth catching up on?

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    Looking good Deception, keep it up.

    Poor 90210.

  • Melissa

    ABC: The Bachelor continues to rise, winning both hours with adults 18–34; and Castle rejuvenates back to 2.0, also winning the hour with adults 18–34; as ABC places second in adults 18–49 but earns a victory in adults 18–34.

    CBS: How I Met Your Mother, despite being down 20% versus its last Super Bowl-promoted season high, still dominates the hour with adults 18–49, while winning the night with adults 18–34; Rules of Engagement drops a few tenths, but still manages to place second for the hour with adults 18–49 behind its lead-in; 2 Broke Girls ticks down only a few tenths to reign supreme over Monday night in most key demos; Mike & Molly drops a few tenths, but still manages to tie for first in its half-hour with adults 18–49; andHawaii Five-O ticks down a few tenths to win its hour in every key demo besides adults 18–34; as CBS lands in first in everything besides adults 18–34.

    CW: The Carrie Diaries falls 14% from its series high to a still-decent number, losing the hour among all key demos; and 90210 is not giving Pedowitz any reason to consider it worthy of a final season, with it placing last for the night among all key demos; as CW lands in dead last for the night among all key demos as usual.

    FOX: Bones dips a bit to land in third among adults 18–49 at 8:00; and The Following falls hard to a still-good rating, placing second in the hour with adults 18–49; as FOX lands in third among adults 18–49 but ties for second in adults 18–34.

    NBC: The Biggest Loser falls to a new season low, losing the hour among all key demos to every network except CW; and Deception is on the upswing but still in megaflop territory, also losing the hour among all key demos; as NBC lands in fourth for the night with all key demos.

  • Sarge87

    The Following is way safe at the moment as it is still outpacing most of FOX’s other drama offerings and the production isn’t mega expensive as Terra Nova was.

    CBS is swimming in so much cash from their hit comedies, shows such as H50, The Mentalist, and award winning The Good Wife will probably survive barring a ratings collapse. Vegas is probably dead at seasons end.

    NBC, on the other hand, has The Voice and little else. Deception may survive due to all the holes to fill in their schedule as their newest drama offering is dead, dead, dead.

  • Mary

    @Crystal I still have Chicago Code on my dvr and watch it once in a while.

    The Following previews look good and I hope it makes it to a second season. I noticed shows that make it to a second season on Fox has a greater chance for more seasons.

    I do agree about the show Bones. There are only a hand full of episodes that are great, the rest are horrible.

  • Linda E.

    @Crystal: Season 3 of HF-0 has been much better overall, than Season 2. I’d suggest giving it another try.

  • Carol

    The Following is following the pattern of Alcatraz: down, down, down. I’m hoping it is cancelled so Annie Parisse can return to her uber-villain role on Person of Interest. She was a great featured player on POI, a terrific show.

  • Judy912

    “Castle – I can´t wait for the two parter, looks amazing:)”

    I totally agree with you. It’s the first time I ever watched a 15 second promo that left me in tears. Amazing 2 part episode starting next Monday. I’ll be GLUED to my seat for sure…..Is it next Monday yet???

  • Rob E

    I loved the first 2 episodes of the following,then realized it was going to be basically the plot line every week, very predictable like that prison show that flopped, what was it called? And the freakin flashbacks every 10 minutes drive me crazy

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