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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  • Rebecca

    How did you like the Oz movie? I’m seeing it tomorrow.
    Rules did okay even for a low, after a HIMYM rerun. I’m glad they’ve set a timeline now for the baby being born and for the wedding….should wrap up by the May season finale, and if it’s the series finale all the better.

  • FringeFan

    The Flopping (Season 1 – Ep. 8 – Monday Night)


    Fringe (Season 1 – Ep. 8 – Monday Night)

  • Ash


    Your the kind of people that make this board unpleasant for others. I’m not even a fan of The Following and even I know your statement is ridiculous. Calling it “The Flopping” just makes it sound like your an immature 12 year old. By the way, how’s the Fringe doing for ya ;)

  • Ash


    Forget my Fringe comment! The show already ended…my bad. :)

  • MichaelChickless

    That’s not bad at all for The Following considering the current ratings landscape, and it also had about half the lead-in it normally gets.

    But I’m really curious to see how Dallas did last night.

    @Darkridedan “I wonder if some Biggest Looser viewers switched over to The Bachelor?”

    Looser than what?

  • lola

    there is still hope for a second season for DECEPTION
    the show is steady

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “Deception……. 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.”

    How is hiring additional writers going to put a show, seen by around 3 million viewers, i”n a firm position in audiences’ minds” when 99.9% of the TV viewing public has no idea whatsoever who writes the show?


    @ Rebecca

    My problem w/ the Great & Powerful was the opening was promising, but once they got to Oz it fell w/ a clunk! James Franco was miscast & the entire cast in Oz was interacting more w/ the visual effects & had no charisma w/ each other. The costumes & production design were impressive, but I couldn’t recommend a movie just on those features.

    Hope you like it more than I did, as my significant other did. Wouldn’t let kiddo see it though.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “there is still hope for a second season for DECEPTION
    the show is steady”

    There is steady great, steady good, steady, passable and steady terrible. How does being steady with terrible ratings improve Deception’s prospects? You would have a better (though still crazy) point if it was in fact unsteady and vacillated between its usual 1.1-1.2 rating and 1.4s and 1.5s but it can’t even manage that.

  • Brian J


    But The Following does much better when factoring in Live+SD+3D viewing, which is what advertisers pay for, no?

  • Jay

    The pilot for TCD was really good, but the episodes since then have been kind of fluff (also hate the musical score – sounds like the exact same one from GG which is completely out of place). Wouldn’t be too disappointed to see it go…

  • BigBrotherFan

    People please ignore that TROLL @SAMURAI99 this is the same idiot that calls FLOPAMENTRY a HIT

    come on

    FLOPAMENTRY would kill for a 2.6 and even THATS ON THE LOW side for THE FOLLOWING.

  • Ash

    @Brian J

    Correct. I was just telling the other guy that The Following is not a flop like he says it is.

  • Rebecca

    @The Old Man
    Thanks. The kiddo doesn’t want to see it anyway…and it looks too dark and scary for her. Just going with a friend. I bet the Burt Wonderstone movie will be better, haha (Steve Carell).

  • BigBrotherFan


    Will you guys post a poll?????
    Will body of FLOP top Golden FLOP tonight? It`s possible.

  • Joseph A

    Rules of Engagement will play out the Spring as was ordered,
    2.0 might not be great but with the rest of the line-up in reruns it was still not bad.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Posted March 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM
    “The Flopping (Season 1 – Ep. 8 – Monday Night)
    Fringe (Season 1 – Ep. 8 – Monday Night)

    Explain to me how it is even valid to compare viewing numbers of a show airing in the spring this year to a show airing in the fall nearly half a decade ago?

  • Ash


    No one will take you seriously if you keep adding FLOP to every show you don’t like, just to get your point across.

  • MichaelChickless

    H50 repeat was almost at its rating for the season premiere!

    So did The Bachelor get married?

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Brian J
    Posted March 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM
    But The Following does much better when factoring in Live+SD+3D viewing, which is what advertisers pay for, no?”

    -Have you seen Live+SD+3D viewing figures for The Following? I did not think those figures were readily available to the public. I know the 7D ones are though.

    -Actually the advertisers pay for the C3 rating, which I believe is the actual viewing of commercials shown during the show, 3 days out from the original broadcast.

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