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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  • JAA

    LOL @BigBrotherFan, a Castle add didn’t even get a spot on Oscar’s night. Castle stands on its own

  • Bob

    CBS still beating the crap out of ABC and NBC comedies. I laugh at you folks complaining about “poor” CBS…Really? ABC and NBC both WISH they were CBS on all fronts!!!!!

  • BigBrotherFan

    @Skylar James

    I’m hoping maybe they will go up in the finals like last week. Even though I much rather see quality like THE FOLLOWING get a few higher ticks if ABC gets adjusted up a few tenths that means their oscar promos worked. Great promo with NASHVILLE AND HAYDEN during the Oscars so I’m holding out hope.

  • Rachel

    The CW flopped so hard with their 2012-13 pickups. Arrow is the only show that deserves renewal. Pathetic.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I wouldn’t of even noticed a CASTLE promo if it aired because I have 0 interest in that show but good for it holding its own. I’m a guy I’m not it’s target audience at all.

  • Ultima

    This is going to be the high point for the CBS comedies.


    They are all down from earlier this month…

  • r0ckmypants

    @Brian – Happy Endings returns the last week of March.

  • HalCapone

    CBS is starting to show some wrinkles and age spots.

  • Michael1

    CBS had the most viewers 18-49 from 8pm to 10pm. They lost the 10pm hour thanks to airing a repeat of Hawaii 5-0. Of course, that repeat still edged out a new episode of deception.

  • Zach

    Decent numbers, sounds like Monday Cable shows will have good day. The Following might make another season depending on how much more it drops. I think CBS made mistake by repeating H50 while Castle had a major story 2 part…bad planning.

  • Ultima

    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?

    Yeah, that only lasted for a week…

    They’re planning on airing double episodes on Fridays after the current comedies end later this month.

  • BigBrotherFan

    With CBS down I really REALLY hope GOLDEN BOY FLOPS HARD TONIGHT! I’m loving the campy VEGAS.

    You guys gonna put up a poll or WHAT?

  • PurpleDrazi

    I’m sorry for the fans because I know it’s frustrating but my goodness the TCD and BaTB have made the CW ratings race interesting.

  • Holly


    With CBS down I really REALLY hope GOLDEN BOY FLOPS HARD TONIGHT! I’m loving the campy VEGAS.

    And because I’m all kinds of evil, I kind of hope Golden Boy gets great numbers just so I can watch the reaction of the Vegas fanboys/fangirls. (And because I like Chi McBride)

  • Pip

    After last night’s The Following episode I decided to stop watching. Evidently, none of these conversations in prison were monitored, yeah right, and half the FBI guys turned out to be followers? I just couldn’t take it after that.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @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

    @What is going on with 2 Broke Girls?

    ALL comedies are down this season after big sitcom wave last season. Look at new girl ratings for example. And all new comedies flop/bomp this season. TBBT of course is only one that is up. So CBS sitcoms are still strong enough. And 2bg is second best cbs show. When start air on syndication on TBS will be up again.

  • Billy


    You ain’t see nuthin’ yet. Just wait until spring comes and TV viewership drops and The Voice returns as their competition. These CBS sitcoms will drop even more. The winter with low competition is almost certainly a high point for these sitcoms. They will almost certainly hit season/series lows in the spring.

  • CrimTV


    Good point, TBBT didn’t start off amazingly strong and after 2.5 seasons it started to keep rising to todays episodes, so hopefully 2 Broke Girls has the same trend!

  • Ultima

    I think CBS made mistake by repeating H50 while Castle had a major story 2 part…bad planning.

    I don’t think it was poor planning. Hawaii Five-0 was down, so they tried to boost it by airing an episode after the AFC Championship.

  • Lifey

    “Deception” is a mid-season who didn’t had lot of promotions , with an incompatible lead-in
    Who have been steady for past weeks at a 1.2/3 Level. Plus , it’s performing better than other
    Mid-Season shows “The Firm” , “Awake” , “Do No Harm” and “Smash”
    this year (Who had “The Voice” as a lead-in , last year.)

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