TV Ratings Monday: 'The Following' Rises, 'How I Met Your Mother' Up, '2 Broke Girls' Down, 'Castle' Beats 'Hawaii Five-0'

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February 19th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/7 2.8/7 2.5/6 1.8/5 1.6/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/7 1.8/6 2.1/6 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.376 9.234 8.312 4.774 3.848 .863


CBS and ABC tied for number one with adults 18-49 while ABC was number 1 with total viewers.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother earned a 3.4 up 6 percent from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. Rules of Engagement garnered a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. 2 Broke Girls scored a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from last week's 3.6. Mike & Molly notched a 3.1 up 3 percent from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-0 scored a 2.0 down 5 percent from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Bones earned a  2.1 adults 18-49 rating down 5 percent from last week's 2.2. The Following scored a 2.8 up 17 percent from last week's 2.4 among adults 18-49. Your predictions were too pessimistic.

On ABC, The Bachelor garnered a 3.0 up 11 percent from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. Part one of a heavily promoted two-part Castle earned a 2.2 up ten percent from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating up 5 percent from last week’s season low 2.0. Deception notched a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On the CW, The Carrie Diaries garnered a 0.4, down 20 percent from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49. 90210 earned a 0.2, down 33 percent from last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, February 18, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.4/10 8.85
ABC The Bachelor  (8-10:00PM) 3.0/8 9.23
FOX Bones 2.1/6 8.32
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 2.1/5 5.56
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.4/1 1.20
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.8/7 8.14
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.4/8 10.11
FOX The Following 2.8/7 8.31
CW 90210 0.2/0 0.53
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.1/8 10.33
10:00 ABC Castle 2.2/6 9.67
CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.0/5 8.99
NBC Deception 1.2/3 3.20


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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
> Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/4; "Late
> Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
> averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in
> the Local People Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4
> in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
> metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25
> markets with local people meters.


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  • kari

    @rob60990, Jeff (Canada)
    its the 1st time since ever that H50 gets a lil less ratings but still good & you guys are happy & cheering OUT LOAD??? lol…man you guys are so childish, whatever it did this episode H50 still did way better than any other show on MondaYS SPECIALLY castle, dont be so happy, cbs will never ship it to Fridays, it like hoping tfor the devil to enter heaven pffff…PLZ give me a break
    HAWAII FIVE-0 always rooooles whatever what!!!

  • Tom

    @Leoben Conoy

    It’s called a different opinion than yours. The Following is nowhere near as “bad” as some people are trying to make it out to be. It’s not trying to be Mad Men, and that’s a good thing – there’s room for suspensful, fast-paced shows that aren’t completely realistic.

  • Ron

    This may have already been asked but when will we get the Sunday Cable series ratings?

  • BigFlop


    Max – hello!!
    Chris – hi my dear max
    Max – what happens dear friend?
    Chris – oh I hate Castle so much. I hope this show is canceled by ABC soon. It is killing me.
    Max – I understand what do you feel! I hope Revenge is canceled by ABC soon, too. And thus, it brings some relief to our lives.
    Chris – what??? what are you talking about?? I love Revenge, id.ot!
    Max – but Chrisss, listen to me, don’t go…toot toot …go hell..

  • Leoben Conoy


    Sure friend:

    Any episode of Justified
    Any of the episodes to air of The Americans
    Any episode of Person of Interest
    Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Revenge, Scandal, Walking Dead, etc etc etc

    – and Ill stop you before you say it, for the record I said: “Though for those that think last night was amazing television…I am sorry you set the bar for quality so damn low.”

    I didnt say network tv, I didnt say cable tv. I said on television. Period. So before you get all, “well half the shows you mention are cable tv or premium tv blah blah blah and whatever the f”

    The show is okay, the actors are solid. It has some very tense riveting moments to be sure…But the amazing tv? the best new show in years?

    give me a break.

    The writing for this show is ludicirous.

    Any show that has set up ridiculous contrivances just to create new conflict, in my opinion are NOT quality shows.

    So take your bottle and your rattle and continue to watch subpar tv and think its fantastic.

    Ill go ahead and continue to watch the shows made for grownups.

  • bluejays

    @Denver Dean – the Mentalist would likely do even worse on Mondays. So would Elementary. CBS needs to try something new at ten, they’re struggling across the baord in this time slot. One thing that CBS could try to fix their problem is to move a big hitting show from earlier like POI or Criminal Minds into one of their ten pm slots. But I think they’d likely see the same sorts of numbers to be honest. They tried that with The Mentalist and they diluted what was shaping up to be a big hit of a show and we all know how it ended!

    They could do with trying something other than police procedurals in those time slots. Look at Revolution and Scandal and The Walking Dead – all doing well at ten. They might need to try something soapy, or something a bit more serialised. Then again there’s risks in that too.

  • RG-X

    Whoooa! The FOLLOWING strong-er again. This will most likely lock it in to be renewed…and it was a holiday too!

    Nothing like this has gone up, down and back up…Certain to be renewed.

    Fox is probably feeling better about their Mondays again.

  • RG-X

    I guess everyone in the 90210 area code moved.

    CW put them out of their misery and cancell the show.

    Dear CW —> Do something different – have the original cast of 90210 wake up from a dream they were having about kids in the future living in the same zip code…just make it funny!

  • zth

    @Leoben Conoy

    Although I was referring to network TV shows, I do agree nonetheless with you about most of the shows on your list, except, obviously, Revenge. I mean, really, do you consider Revenge amazing television? I can’t understand how you can even put Revenge next to Boardwalk Empire, Walking Dead, or Homeland.
    And although The Following might not be as good as most of the ones you mentioned, saying that it’s subpar TV is just delirious.

  • Brandy

    @Kara, no BaTB isn’t doing better than CD, they’re both failing.CD usually gets same 0.5-0.7 demo as BaTB without a leadin and certainly not the best leadin like BaTB.The PCA and lots of promotion did nothing to help BATB s ratings.BatB has had two 0.5s with the best leadin and in its first season, that’s unacceptable .If renewed and moved to Fri(which it will be moved in the miracle it’s renewed), what will it’s ratings be then?0.2-0.3 like 90210 is my guess. I’d bet both CD and BaTB are cancelled in May.

  • bluejays

    @ZTH – the problem I have with the following is the rather gratuitous nastiness. I wouldn’t say its the violence per se – I watch a lot of violent stuff like The Walking Dead, Shield, Sopranos etc but there’s something about The Following that kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth when I watch it. I don’t know why. The plot is good and its keeping me hooked so far but it always leaves me feeling a bit sickened.

  • s0303

    yeah the following!!! really good for the bachelor…cancel 90210 now!!!!

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    And with that…The Following is out of Alcatraz valley and into Renewville.

    Last night was very intense, despite being surprised that there was no “follower of the week” episode. Next week might be good enough to score a 3.0.

    I just hope ratings dont dip massively for the last 5 episodes due to the Voice coming back.

  • bluejays

    @Ellen – actually if you take the first few weeks out of the picture – Elementary and HFO are almost exactly neck and neck. Elementary did better this week but in other weeks HFO has done better. And Elementary has a better lead in than HFO – as in POI gets the SAME demo as Mike and Molly but way more overall viewers (about four million more). It’s just not true that Elementary is hands down beating HFO and its ludicrous to try and claim it is.

    However you are bang on that CBS has a serious ten pm problem. They must be praying that last weeks numbers for CSI were a one off and that it bounces back up to 2.4’s this week because that was their only bright spot. I dread to think what sort of numbers we are going to see for some of their ten pm shows in the coming couple months.

    @Ateofi. I agree that HFO might get one more season then be done. It’s a shame because I caught up with it the last couple weeks and it’s actually gotten really good again. Reminds me of season one much more now. Some great action and banter. I’d still watch it even if it had season two levels of awful, just because AOL is so mighty fine to look at, but it’s nice to see the quality back. Does anyone think the numbers could be because of the ‘gun rant’ issue? There seems to be some pretty hacked off viewers regards that.

  • cimmer

    Well, I’m happy I was too pessimistic with The Following although I won’t crow quite yet. It’s still below a 3 but if it can hang out there around 2.8 I’m less concerned.

  • Kaylie

    90210 is doing so bad. Hellcats was doing better lol.

  • Mark

    Is that rating for 90210 the worst rating ever for a original non repeated show on the CW? I could be wrong but I believe that is the lowest I ever seen a rating go.

    It’s the CW’s fault not cancelling that show sooner. it seems like 90210 and Gossip Girls constantly set the bar how low a rating for a show could go without getting cancelled. Both should have been canned when they started averaging less then 2M viewers, now it seems like 2M viewers is a great rating for the station.

  • Mark

    Just out of curiosity isn’t it spring break week in many places(that definitely could hurt the CW’s ratings this week)

  • Guest

    If 90210 rises to a 0.5 next week, I think it’s possible. Will it be given a final season?

  • Mark


    90210 is the CW’s pet show. The company that owns the station produces the show and they make money other places(DVD, itunes, foreign sales, etc). I don’t think it’s out of the question that 90210 gets renewed even for half a final season like Gossip Girls did this year because the parent company still sees it as a revenue generating program for itself.

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