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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  • Psac

    The Following might be too violent for 8:00 if you follow the incredibly outdated usual network thinking.

  • Elysa

    I wonder if CW will be bold enough to cancel many of these very low rated shows and go with new shows. Honestly, how much worse can the new do then some of these? 90210, Nikita, TCD – all need to go.

  • Ashley

    Go The Following!!! Let’s stay at mid-high 2s. I’ll be happy. Love the show. It pushes the limit and very risky for network TV. Good job and great acting.

  • charlie

    Half hours, please?

  • Sarah


    Okay, thanks.

  • Drew

    Noooooo, Deception is getting good! Trust me when I say this, I HATED DECEPTION…at first. Then I kept watching for the hell of it and it turned into something amazing. Last night’s episode was such a big gamechanger. I know the acting is cheesy, but give this show another shot! Maybe hire additional/let go of some writers so the show is in a firm position with audiences’ minds.

  • Michael1

    Mike and Molly was about them first deciding to have a baby, and right after Carl broke up with Holly Robinson Peete. I thought I remembered seeing it before. It was either a repeat or it was shown grossly out of order.

  • Alan

    What do they expect from Rules of Enagement if they put it on a night with all repeats they probably would expect thats its a repeat too

  • catsrule

    A show making a mockery of marriage easily wins the night. Barf.

  • Michael

    Wow, it looks like people are not even remotely interested in seeing the last season of 90210.

  • Brandy

    @Claudia Bradshaw. CD isn’t going to be renewed.0.4are terrible especially.for a first season show too far away from syndication.With all the promotion and timeslots switch CD should be doing better.Bashing BaTB won’t help your shows renwal chances.BATB has better ratings/higher season ratings average,does wellin d r(better than CD) and online and overseas.True it’s not doing as good as it should be given the leadin and yes it might fall to 0.4 or be cancelled anyway even if it dosent but neither show are doing great.Its funny you call a show with two to three times the premiere ratings and more 0.7s than the show you’re defending a flop.

  • Samunto

    Good for the Following. But the real competish arrives in 2wks and it’s called The Voice. I don’t think DWTS will dent the ratings. If anything, DWTS will rate lower than The Bachelor did.

  • David Howell

    Massive expectations for DWTS after those Batchelor numbers. That 3.8 must be one of the highest in a 10pm slot all season outside of sports and events.

    I don’t see Rules coming back. I think they order Mom and then either roll the dice on not needing anything else (and if anything is a surefire hit these days it’s a Lorre sitcom!) or go with an all-new pair of singlecams in addition to the current big five and Mom and tuck it on a new night (I’m thinking Friday 8, where they’ve launched one flop drama after another recently, and the New TGIF block on ABC could plausibly be all-new or even gone altogether the way LMS is going). Besides, the cast are doing other things.

    CBS are probably only able to let them go because of the numbers they get from TBBT reruns. Even at a 2.0, they’ll finish the week ahead of NBC’s entire scripts…

  • samurai99

    @Crim TV

    It’s down from last week, that’s tanking in my book.

  • FringeFan

    Poor “The Flopping”! These numbers are horrendous & FOX would be smart to move the remaining episodes to Friday night.

  • Leondre


    DTWS will not do that well and don’t expect and idol vs. voice showdown.

  • Once & Again

    I don’t watch The Following so i don’t really care about it but you people are just obnoxious. The show will be renewed because it’s the number one Fox scripted programing, and compared to the other shows on broadcast television it’s much better.

  • a p garcia

    TF scored good but the episode last night was not one of the better ones.

  • Jarrod

    90210 is canceled, so it’s ratings don’t really bother me anymore. However, IF it still had the time slot TCD’s was in and had that audience, it would at LEAST get a 0.6 PROBABLY a 0.7 if it were lucky. TCD needs to go too.

  • samurai99

    Oh knock it off Fringefan. The show may be dumb, but it isn’t getting cancelled anytime soon.

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