TV Ratings Monday: '2 Broke Girls', 'Rules of Engagement' & 'Mike & Molly' Hit Lows, 'The Carrie Diaries' & '90210' Rise + 'The Following' Dips

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February 26th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/7 2.5/7 2.5/6 1.8/5 1.6/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.0/6 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.4/4 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.643 8.556 8.208 4.881 3.795 0.839


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

On ABC, The Bachelor garnered a 2.9, down a single tenth from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Castle was even with last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother was even with last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Rules of Engagement garnered a season- low 2.6, down three tenths from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. 2 Broke Girls scored a series low 3.2, down three tenths from last week's 3.5. Mike & Molly notched a season low 2.7, down half a ratings point from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating

On FOX, Bones earned a  2.3, up a tenth from last week's 2.2. The Following scored a 2.7, down two tenths from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were about right.


On NBC, The Biggest Loser was flat with last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Deception was also even with last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Carrie Diaries garnered a 0.5, up a tenth from last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. 90210 earned a 0.3, also up a tenth from last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, February 25, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.4 10 8.60
ABC The Bachelor (8-10PM) 2.9 8 9.12
FOX Bones 2.3 6 8.67
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 2.1 6 5.70
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.5 1 1.10
8:30 PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.6 7 7.80
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.2 8 10.19
FOX The Following 2.7 7 8.44
CW 90210 0.3 1 0.58
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 2.7 7 9.76
10:00PM ABC Castle 2.3 6 10.69
CBS Hawaii Five-O -R 1.4 4 6.45
NBC Deception 1.2 3 3.25

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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.  

*	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," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4.  

*	From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in
the Local People Meters.

*	From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4
in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in
metered-market households and a 0.2/1 in adults 18-49 in the 25
markets with local people meters.


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  • Joe

    What is going on with 2 Broke Girls? It was supposed to be the big 9:00 anchor, and now it’s getting beat by How I Met Your Mother?

  • megan

    I so enjoy TCD. Really hope these numbers are good enough for a renewal. It’s such a charming little show.

  • Shana

    To the people here that call Chicago fire a flop please look at Deception numbers…

  • SJ

    I don’t think that’s horrible for 2 Broke Girls, nor do I think CBS regrets moving it to 9pm to anchor the night. It will take a while, sure, for it to be able to bring in monster ratings week in week out, but they were patient with TBBT on Thursdays and now look at it!

    Rules of Engagement is, of course, done, and I am starting to wonder if there is a future for Mike and Molly beyond the 4th season for syndication purposes (not that its ratings don’t justify renewal on their own, don’t get me wrong).

    Fox has got to be happy with the Bones/Following combo. Too bad TF can’t run in the fall and spring, their Mondays would be covered for next season and they could start focusing on the mess on all the other days, except Wednesdays.

    Hopefully Castle adjusts up. That’s a pretty tame result for such a big episode.

    The CW’s Monday night line-up makes me sad…

  • halloween

    CW should pull Nikita off Friday, it could get a .5 Mon-Th…send 90210 to Friday

  • HandSanitizer

    CW will canceled TCD.

  • Reven8ger

    half hours?

  • Elysa

    Its a shame The CW will probably cancel a show like TCD which shows promise of building audience to keep a ratings dud like Nikita.

  • Joe

    I’m not saying those 2BG numbers are bad, but they have to be disappointing for CBS. This show looked like a legitimate smash last season. It beat Two and a Half Men a few times. It seems like going against The Voice really stalled its momentum.

  • Thomas

    90210 is trash. Get rid of it already CW.

  • Skylar James

    Both TCD and BATB deserve to get cancelled, and probably will.

  • Ashley

    So happy TF didn’t drop too much. Love the show!!

  • BigBrotherFan

    Even though I don’t watch ABC’s reality crap Monday stuff or CASTLE quite happy to see their numbers up because that means SPOTS during the OSCARS worked.. REALLY REALLY hoping NASHVILLE benifits too.

  • halloween

    i don’t see why cw doesn’t announce this is the final season of 90210 now…repeats of anything could beat 90210

  • Rebecca

    I don’t get how people are watching the Carries Diaries…such horrid acting and writing.

  • kbmv

    2 Broke Girls needs to keep dropping. It’s terrible. Like a UPN type show.

  • Skylar James

    @BigBrotherFan: ABC’s numbers aren’t up

  • Billy

    This is going to be the high point for the CBS comedies. Once spring comes and The Voice returns the numbers will almost certainly go down.

  • mesjarch


    Castle didn’t get a single promo during Oscars.

  • Brian

    I think I missed something. Wasn’t ABC supposed to double-up episodes of Happy Endings in late February? They didn’t do it last week and they’re not doing it this week. Did ABC cancel it already?

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