‘Following’ becomes No. 2 new drama
January 22, 2013
After all the hype, Fox’s new drama “The Following” debuted to good numbers Monday night.
The show drew a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen, tying CBS’s “Elementary” as the No. 2 new drama premiere this season.
NBC’s “Revolution,” which aired behind hit show “The Voice” last fall, was the No. 1 bow with a 4.1 in September.
It will be interesting to see “Following’s” seven-day DVR gain when those numbers are released three weeks from now. In its huge promotional campaign for the show, Fox tried a new tactic by reminding viewers to set their DVRs to record the drama, rather than urging them to tune in at a certain time.
“Following’s” debut built by 35 percent on its lead-in, “Bones,” which drew a 2.3.
While the new drama grew slightly, from a 3.1 in its first half hour to a 3.2 in its second, it still finished second in its timeslot behind CBS’s “2 Broke Girls” (3.7) and “Mike & Molly” (3.3). Both comedies were down from last week, suggesting “Following” may have lured away a few viewers.
Still, CBS won the night with its comedy lineup plus 10 p.m. drama “Hawaii Five-0,” which was also down from last week to a 2.2 after hitting a season high with its post-AFC Championship episode Sunday night. That drew a 3.4.
In the battle of reality shows from 8 to 10 p.m., ABC’s “The Bachelor” grew 4 percent week to week to a season-high 2.5, just edging NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” even to last week with a 2.4.
And the CW’s “The Carrie Diaries” fell from last week, losing a tenth in 18-49s (down to a 0.5) and 300,000 total viewers (down to 1.3 million) from its premiere.
CBS led the night among 18-49s with a 3.0 average overnight rating and an 8 share. Fox was second at 2.7/7, ABC third at 2.3/6, NBC fourth at 2.0/5, Univision fifth at 1.7/4, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/2 and CW seventh at 0.4/1.
As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-six percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.
At 8 p.m. CBS was first with a 3.4 for “How I Met Your Mother” (3.7) and a rerun of “The Big Bang Theory” (3.2), followed by ABC with a 2.5 for “Bachelor.” NBC and Fox tied for third at 2.3, NBC for “Loser” and Fox for “Bones,” with Univision fifth with a 1.7 for “Por Ella Soy Eva,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.8 for “Rosa Diamante” and CW seventh with a 0.5 for “The Carrie Diaries.”
CBS was first again at 9 p.m. with a 3.5 for “Girls” (3.7) and “Molly” (3.3), while Fox moved to second with a 3.1 for “Following.” ABC and NBC tied for third at 2.5, ABC for more “Bachelor” and NBC for more “Loser,” with Univision fifth with a 1.9 for “Amores Verdaderos,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for “La Patrona” and CW seventh with a 0.4 for “90210.”
At 10 p.m. CBS led yet again with a 2.2 for “Hawaii,” with ABC second with a 2.0 for “Castle.” Univision was third with a 1.5 for “Amor Bravio,” NBC fourth with a 1.3 for “Deception” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for “Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal” (0.7) and “El Rostro de la Venganza” (0.5).
CBS also finished first for the night among households with a 6.4 average overnight rating and a 10 share. Fox was second at 5.6/8, ABC third at 5.2/8, NBC fourth at 3.3/5, Univision fifth at 2.1/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.8/1 and CW seventh at 0.7/1.
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