How Will 'The Following' Fare in its Regular Timeslot? (Poll)

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January 27th, 2014


The Following premieres its second episode in its regular timeslot tonight after its first episode earned a blockbuster 4.4 adults 18-49 rating last week, following the NFC Championship. Can The Following hold on to some of is Football-boosted viewers? Or is a big slide in order? Make your predictions below and tell us your thoughts in the comments!

  • Wes


  • Aly

    Jami, I was beginning to think I was the only one who noticed. I had enough after the cult was practicing stabbing each other. It was clever in the original Scream. Just tired and sad in the Following, which really is nothing but an overlong slasher.

  • milo

    What did it average last year? I would make a guess based on that.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    I heard no good word about the season two premiere

    The Following S2 premiere was great!

    Now you’ve heard a good word about it. :grin: ;-)

  • iSayso

    With this week’s AHS:C graduation, I’m really counting on “The Following” to hold up the mantle for TV mayhem. Go, Joe, go!


    I’m thinking high 2.0’s

  • FringeFan

    Series low with a 1.9 and then will continue to slide.

  • Nasir

    I’m hoping for a 3.0!

  • Cerebro

    I’d agree with what others have said. 2.6-3.2 seems like a big window. I’d put my guess firmly in the lower end of that range. If the series holds up like it did last season, I could see it settling in the low to mid 2’s.

  • ludotv

    The premiere was a total anomaly for obvious reasons…Lead in is a repeat of itself… not sure if that is good or bad but competition from the other networks is weak though… Still I feel everyone’s being very optimistic here and I’d say in the low 2s perhaps edging towards 2.5 which would be a very good rating for this struggling show… The last 3 eps of season 1 scored 2.1, 2.4 and 2.7 (season finale) so doubtful it is going to get better than that range IMO…

  • omabin

    Calling the highest rated new show of last regular season a struggling show is a stretch.

  • HalCapone

    Shame on FOX for airing last Sunday’s episode during the family viewing hour. This is a 10pm caliber show that shouldn’t even appear at 9pm but not many options for FOX.

  • Lisa

    @ludotv, I don’t think you understand what “struggling” means. The Following is certainly not doing that. It was one of Fox’s best performers last year, and it will remain in the top grouping this season even if it drops a full fifty percent of its premiere demo (could probably lose more and still stick around). How is that “struggling”? The Mindy Project, Dads, and Almost Human define that word much better than The Following does.

  • Networkman

    I’m going with a 2.8 demo for The Following. And if it stays in the 2.5-3.0 range for the entire season, FOX will be extremely happy.

  • ludotv

    Considering the cast, the promotion/advertising and the high profile of the show, The Following struggled last season to deliver consistently high ratings (and it was a short season anyway, if it had run for 22 eps, it would have sunk further). The ratings dipped to weak low 2.0s until the finale that got to 2.7. And let’s not talk about the critical response that was mixed at best.

    Sure Fox has other shows that struggle more so yep The Following may still get renewed but The Following ended up with mediocre ratings last season and, well, we shall see how it does this season. At least Fox has showed faith in it having the premiere debut post-NFC a cushy spot but the real test is tonight and the following weeks…

  • Aimon

    In time period return news, Kevin Bacon drama “The Following” on Fox disappointed with a third-place 4.5/ 7 in the overnights from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that was down by 29 percent from the 6.3/ 9 on the year-ago evening. And this loss is only magnified given it returned for season two out of the top-rated NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 19. An encore of “The Following” opened the evening for Fox with a 2.7/ 4 at 8 p.m.

    Via Marc Berman, take his words with a HUGE grain of salt.

  • Lisa

    A creative definition indeed of the word “struggling.” By that reasoning, pretty much every show can be said to be “struggling.” Slapping that label on after a single anomalous airing makes zero sense.

  • Simon

    Apparently it was a 2.0 for the time period premiere. And a massive 3.8 for How I Met Your Mother!

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