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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  • Wright

    Good for The Following. Cancel TCD already please.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Breaking bad and Boardwalk are GREAT shows but they would personally not be on my top five. NASHVILLE is the total package for me.


    /Yeah, throwing insults isn’t trollish behavior at all/

    I do not think it is if it is the truth.

    /Aren’t you the guy always praising scandal?/

    No. I am not. I like it, yes.. but my praise goes towards NASHVILLE before all.

    /It has multiple episodes above that level./

    Earlier in the season, perhaps. It has been pretty consistant at a 2.2-2.3 level all winter.

  • RG-X

    Am I seeing this right? HK is 2 Hours tonite?!?! YES!!!! – our local affiliate says it’s one hour followed by New Girl & Mindy…hope local is wrong!

  • cadburyeasteregg

    Deception is at the bottom. Like always. I like it.

  • BigBrotherFan


    A voice of reason. Alright, dude..I will sit back and enjoy THE BITTER SECRET CIRCLE fans continue to use FLOP infront of everything and cut down on my use. :)

  • BigBrotherFan

    You can ALSO add WHITE COLLAR and THE GOOD WIFE to my top shows, as well.

  • Brian J


    I don’t think The Biggest Loser is a flop. It’s down, but it’s still doing better than a lot of other shows for NBC.

    It looks to be a solid reserve player, which is nothing to sneeze at. But come to think of it, why doesn’t NBC schedule this show for Saturdays? It’d be risky, but it seems to have a fairly devoted audience. And if it could get at least a 1.5, it’d be far better than what NBC has been doing on the night. I think it could probably break a 2.0 fairly easily.

    I’m not sure how many more ad dollars this would bring in for NBC, but it might be a good way to keep a show on constantly, build up a new night and dominate it since nobody else is competing there, keep a show in reserve even as it is playing in case they need to suddenly shift it to a new night, and keep the more high profile nights available to scripted shows, which capture higher ad dollars.

  • Joel

    Holy Crap! 3AM informercials get better ratings than 90210 – I don’t know why they would still air it even if it’s the last season. Put on reruns of the old 90210 or documentaries on the history of celery – anything has to bring in more viewers than that.


    @ BigBrotherFan

    Thank you YOUNG MAN

  • Brian J


    I’m a little behind on The Following. I like what I’ve seen so far, but I’m slightly disappointed because I think it could have been better. Is it based on a novel or something?

    I’m more excited for Hannibal because of the source material, even though I was originally skeptical. And while I haven’t seen much of his work, I’ll trust others when it comes to Bryan Fuller’s supposedly great creative instincts. Looks like it will be much more solid all around.

  • Rebecca

    @The Old Man
    The kiddo wants to see The Croods, so I’ll take her to that one over spring break. Epic, too, whenever it comes out (I think summer or some time in June…Monsters University comes out in June). IMO there are no bad Steve Carell movies, so I look forward to Burt Wonderstone, lol (and Jim Carrey looks to be funny/good in it too).

  • Brian J


    I think it depends on whether or not CBS wants to go to four comedies on Thursdays. If it does, I anticipate Two and a Half Men moving up to 9:00 for one final season and the new Chuck Lorre sitcom Mom going in between that and The Big Bang Theory. Seems too risky to put two new comedies back to back on such a high profile night. I guess there’s a chance that it could happen, but why not give a new show, which could slide into the 9:00 slot once Men ends, maximum exposure?

    There’s also the issue of opening up an entire new comedy block. Will CBS try to do this, and if so, where does it go? A really underrated option for them is Tuesdays at 9:00, although that would hurt my hypothetical schedule for NBC with the new Michael J. Fox show going there.


    I’ll bet The Voice barely suffers. Even if it falls to below a 3.0 for that particular night (because surely Fox wouldn’t do that for more than one week; how could it?), NBC will still be better offer unless The Voice completely collapses on its own. And unless Fox finds itself with a bunch of new hits, I don’t think it’d dream of making the change permanently. They have virtually nothing else to put on Thursdays that would be nearly as big as Idol.

  • Justin121

    Why are there still Secret Circle fans?

    Are they fans of the TV show or the book series?

    If it was the latter, I might get it…

  • Fred

    @Brian J

    FOX can air IDOL , Mon and/or Tues + Wed and Thurs the week VOICE premieres. If I remember correctly NBC sabotaged X FACTOR by airing EXTRA VOICE eps the very first week XF season 2 returned to the air.
    It was dirty but it worked for NBC short term. Now NBC is in 3rd place season to date and FOX is in 2nd. The most exciting ratings race in recent memomry.

  • Mark3

    I CARE ABOUT 90210! its one of my fav shows. Bachelor was awesome! TO bad he pjcked the wrong girl. Lindsey was GORGOUS!

  • Mark3

    @taylor yes its very weird. But bachelor was.amazing tgis season. Wish he would of picked lindsey tho!

  • Fakeem

    1st: 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.

    Let’s look at the glass as half full – ROE had the highest 18 to 49 ratings and the largest audience for CBS monday night, so that should be considered a success. Partners surely didn’t do that.

    2nd: I am SOOOOO over the “flop” jokes, that i just skip the entry as soon as i see the word. He just wants attention, and you guys give it to him, in abundance [said like Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter]

  • Cath

    Well, obviously, CBS went with repeats to avoid three hour The Bachelor finale night. Ran Rules of Engagement because they have the episodes. FOX ran new The Following so as not to mess up the flow. Probably knew The Bachelor audience is not the same as The Following anyway.

  • Jazz

    @Brian J
    As for Deception, might this show deserve another season? It seemed to get mediocre reviews, but NBC has a few pilots and/or older shows (Hatfields & McCoys, Parenthood) that it could be paired with.

    As a fan of the show I have to admit that the mediocre reviews were deserved. That is, until recently. The show took a long time to find its way and in today’s world 7 or 8 weeks is just too long to become good. On another network or in the fall, this show may not have made it past its 3rd episode. 2 big drops and then it stabilized, but low. And it remained low. Low but consistent. I don’t know if that counts for anything, maybe in NBC world. It’s certainly nowhere near as expensive as Smash.

    This is the kind of show that is more likely to appeal to fans of Revenge and Scandal and less so Grimm or Revolution. I have not seen Chicago Fire. Honestly, it was my Revolution placeholder and it had some actors I like. Grimm returned solid, in my opinion. I am hoping for the same or better from Revolution. Community is getting better. I hope next month looks better for NBC.

  • aron

    Am exicted to see what Fox does too because, During the Fox winter upfronts, a reporter asked Kevin Reilley “what does he think about NBC airing the voice against the Xfactor season premire?”

    Deadline -“Reilly was more subtle today when asked about NBC’s September decision to pit an original The Voice against the season premiere of X Factor. “It was slightly on the cheesy side,” Reilly said of the NBC move. “It went in the file for later reference,” Reilly added, indicating that the score will be evened in the future.”

    So it is probally likely that he will put Idol against the Voice…or maybe he wants to hurt NBC more and air Idol multiply times against the voice, like at the beginning at the multiple stages of the competition

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