TV Ratings Monday: 'The Bachelor' Finale Rises Over Last Year, 'The Following' Dips + 'Rules of Engagement' & 'The Biggest Loser' Hit New Lows

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March 12th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.5/9 1.9/5 1.7/5 1.6/4 1.5/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.2/10 1.4/5 1.1/4 1.0/3 1.3/4 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.327 6.418 4.820 6.371 3.507 0.900


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

On ABC, The Bachelor garnered a 3.3, up half a ratings point from its last original's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating and up four tenths from last year's  season finale (2.9/8) . The After the Final Rose special earned a 3.8 Adults 18-49 rating, up half a ratings point from last year's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating

On FOX, The Following scored a 2.6. down two tenths from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Rules of Engagement garnered a new season low 2.0, down two tenths from last week's season low 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser notched a season low 1.9, down three tenths from last week’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Deception earned a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Carrie Diaries was even with last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. 90210 earned a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, March 11, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC The Bachelor (8-10PM) 3.3 9 9.99
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 1.9 5 5.57
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 1.5 5 5.26
FOX Bones -R 1.2 4 4.85
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.4 1 1.12
8:30 PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.0 6 6.99
9:00PM FOX The Following 2.6 7 7.99
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.7 4 6.23
CW 90210 0.2 1 0.68
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly -R 1.6 4 6.23
10:00PM ABC The Bachelor: After the Final Rose 3.8 10 11.01
CBS Hawaii Five-O -R 1.4 4 6.76
NBC Deception 1.2 3 3.34

Via NBC Press Note:
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  • Joe


  • landon

    Good for The Following!

  • BL

    Rules of Engagement will be cancelled by May.

    The Following did well.

  • Jonathan

    Wow for the Bachelor!! I don’t think it’s been that high in years! It’s giving Dancing with the Stars a run for their money!

  • Thomas

    90210 sucks!

  • livvy

    The bachelor did great!
    Can the CD really be renewed when it keeps getting .4s? It hasn’t even aired 13 episodes yet
    I think BatB has a much higher chance to be renewed.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Still good for the following

    I hope DECEPTION isn’t adjusted down.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? The Batchelor? For real? At this rate SRINGER will be on primetime.

  • Shana

    Nobody cares about 90210 anymore…

  • Ryan Schwartz

    What should CBS expect from RULES when most of the time, its lead in is a rerun? It’s not like they care. The show’s done after this season. Episodes are even hinting at closing out series-long story lines. Jen and Adam said last night their wedding is in three months, and Jeff and Audrey’s baby is coming in two months. I’m sure the show will end with a wedding shortly after the birth of a child in an episode or two before. At least it seems like the writers knew things were coming to a close.

  • Sean


  • Robsten_Fan

    Go Carrie… :)

  • Adir

    Ohhhhh !! 90210 my love :(

  • Darkridedan

    I wonder if some Biggest Looser viewers switched over to The Bachelor? Still, not all unscripted tv is cut from the same cloth.


    The Bachelor finishes strong & the Final Rose 3.8 @ 10–WOW

    The Following hold firm w/ 2.6, seems it has become steady in the upper 2.0’s

    H50(R) beats original Deception but CBS places last for night

  • Andrea

    YAY for reality tv!

  • SarahL

    Poor Deception. The last two episodes have been really good. I will enjoy next week’s final episode. I hope there is not too big a cliffhanger, because it isn’t coming back with those ratings, even NBC is not that desperate.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Also important to note that it’s clear THE FOLLOWING is not lead in dependent. That’ll surely help FOX next year if they wanna put the show on at 8. It doesn’t have to be an “8pm show” in a DVR age. If it helps ratings, it help ratings! I imagine FOX will have Greg Kinnear’s RAKE (with equally unusually short (17) episode order to ensure Kinnear can commit to a weekly series) and THE FOLLOWING sharing a time slot next season, with RAKE September-January and FOLLOWING late January-May.

  • hello

    Talk about going out on a whimper

  • Samunto

    Deception might excape the bear’s claws. Been quite steady though on a very low level. Let’s see how the season finale does.

  • Ash

    Think The Following has settled into the mid 2’s.

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