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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  • Brian J


    Sure, it could do that, I guess, but why would it? The Wednesday edition of Idol is already two hours long, which I am sure is padded, and the Thursday edition is an hour. And Fox is supposed to find at least two more hours of programming without simply remashing clips from other episodes? Again, it’s possible, but it seems like they’d be sacrificing the integrity of the show.

    Also, it’s not clear that NBC’s move really had any lasting effect on The X Factor. The show was never that big to begin with.

    Also still, it kind of doesn’t matter. Fox couldn’t play those games every week. Because, really, if there’s no lasting effect, and it’s not clear there was when NBC did it in the fall, then why would it? NBC will still be up compared to what it’s been doing on Tuesdays, and unless the show collapses, will be up for the remaining part of the season.

  • Alan

    I can’t believe people want to watch a dating show instead of The Biggest Loser, a show that is really inspiring and makes you want to get moving.

    Great for The Carrie Diaries, I hope it gets adjusted up. 90210 just has to hold there for the rest of the season.

  • Brian J


    Lots of good points. I happen to believe part of the problem facing network television is that viewers turn off the channels because the schedules are so jumbled. They are facing multiple head winds, but constantly changing the schedules can’t help. The success of ABC on Wednesday, where The Middle has grown and might, in some respects, still be growing, lends some support to my thinking. It might never be a huge hit, but it’s remarkably stable. It’s already sold into syndication, and when it starts repeating, perhaps new viewers will join it. By itself, that would be good, but it will help when launching a new show.

    Which brings us to Deception. If NBC renews it, might it grow? Anything is possible; look at what happened to Scandal between this season and last. There were/are some differences between those two shows, of course, but still, it’s grown and might still be growing.

    I started watching the show but then fell out of it. I’ve been meaning to catch up again. I’m not sure how much the original premise could last, but assuming it could go in some other positive direction, perhaps it’s worth renewing, even as a possible replacement.

  • Jonathan

    Who knew the Bachelor would have a renaissance of sorts after a steady ratings decline! Of all the shows which plummeted in ratings this season, The Bachelor wound up a huge success.

  • Mark Wood


    I think the Amazing Race final numbers are wrong in adults 18-49. Like last week, the top twenty list shows a different number then the Sundays final thread .

    Top twenty five shows 2.4
    Sunday Finals shows a 2.3

    Could you correct which ever is wrong, hopefully the 2.3! That is!

  • Brian J


    Interesting. I hadn’t realized Reilly said something like that.

    But again, can Idol do this twice in one week, let alone multiple times? I don’t watch Idol, but as I understand it, it’s far along in the process, so there’s less to pad episodes with.

    Also, what happens with Raising Hope and Bones? A one-time shuffle wouldn’t be that hard to work around, but it can’t go on for weeks on end.

  • Skylar James

    @Alan: its not great for TCD, and it never gets adjusted up. Consider yourself lucky if it doesnt adjust down.

    Great for The Bachelor, it’s killing it this season

  • Lauren

    Great for Carrie Diaries? Seriously??

  • aron

    @Brian J

    Am not sure on how they will settle the score but am positive that if idon air on maonday it willbe at 8:00 because The following need to air all its episodes. But Idol can go at tuesday at 8-10 against the voice 8-10, am not sure I can only guess

  • Jonathan

    ABC has made surprising gains this season. I didn’t see Scandal almost topping Grey’s Anatomy or The Bachelor being way up this season! They also own Friday’s now thanks to Shark Tank.

    Once Upon A Time and Revenge have kinda been disappointments tho…

  • panda22

    90210’s rating are mute and pointless….it’s cancelled. TCD however will soon be in the jaws of the cancellation bear :)

  • panda22

    Speaking as a Panda, is The Cancellation Bear single?


  • Simon

    LOL at those who are calling The Following a flop, the show’s been renewed! And has been steady at mid to high 2’s for the past few episodes recently. I think that the no mid season breaks is also helping it, plus the 15 episodes per season.

  • beached

    NBC’s season should just be called the Biggest Loser. Take away Sunday Football and they are a complete disaster.

  • Ashton Butcher

    ABC has done a great job this season with The Bachelor taking an old show and breathing new life into it.

    CBS shouldn’t had scheduled Rules when the other comedies are in reruns but I guess they needed to burn off episodes for syndication the huge question that I have regarding Rules is rather CBS will pick it up again or not, CBS should probably keep it just in case their new comedies fail on them again next season and make the decision then to end Rules if one comedy hits.

    Deception’s numbers are way too low but its been consistent, it was NBC’s fault in the first place for not putting it behind The Voice. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say they should keep it.

    The Following was a godsend to a disaster season for FOX at least they escaped taking care of one new show that can become a future anchor for them. They also need to keep Bones too.

    90210’s ratings just don’t even matter at this point but I noticed they were slightly up in viewership since the cancellation announcement two weeks ago. This is the first time in a while where they scored over 700,000. Carrie Diaries renewal may come according to what they do with Hart of Dixie next season.

  • Max Vrany

    @Mark, Both numbers are correct for their reports. There is “additional processing” that happens between the finals and the top 25. The Top 25 number trumps the “finals” number.

  • Jane

    Just look at TCD’s 7-day ratings for another reason it won’t be renewed.

  • eridapo

    Some CW numbers to ponder…

    Carrie Diaries~~~~0.49~~~~0.54~~~~0.55
    Gossip Girl~~~~0.44~~~~0.38~~~~0.56
    Hart of Dixie~~~~0.56~~~~0.61~~~~0.59
    Beauty and the Beast~~~~0.65~~~~0.67~~~~0.63
    The Vampire Diaries~~~~1.32~~~~1.25~~~~1.48

    Carrie Diaries’ 18-34 numbers are skewed by the 02/4/13 result in which TVCD scored a 0.8. Prior to that result it hovered around a 0.6, and since then it hovers around the 0.4 and 0.5 range. HOD’s numbers have hovered around a 0.6 while BatB is around 0.5. Like TCD, BatB’s numbers for 18-34 are skewed by the 10/11/12 result of 1.1

  • Diane

    You really need to find out how many people watched last nights 03/11/2013 episode of “Dallas”!!! It was fantastic!! Kudos to TNT!

  • Penny

    90210 was another crap episode last night, as a fan I’m glad they cancelled it. It was becoming mind-numbingly stupid.

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