Fox’s ‘Following’ still has big following

New drama up in demos Monday; CW's 'Carrie' rises, too

Fox may have a much-needed hit on its hands as Kevin Bacon drama “The Following” became the rare show to edge up among young adults in its second week, standing as Monday’s top-rated program. With CBS in repeats, “The Following” and “Bones,” which also grew, teamed to lift Fox to victory for the night.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Bones” kicked off the night well for Fox (2.6 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall), rising 13% week to week for a season high and winning the 8 o’clock hour in 18-49 as well as 25-54 and total viewers. It was followed by “The Following” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall), which grew 3% in 18-49 from the previous week (3.2) and by 13% in 18-34 (2.6 vs. 2.3); it was down a bit in total viewers, with its premiere drawing 10.4 million.

Fox logged its best averages for a Monday with regular series since January of last year. Next week will be a key one for “The Following” as it and “Bones” will look to retain their audiences when CBS returns its comedies to originals.

Elsewhere, ABC ran second behind steady reality veteran “The Bachelor” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) and a repeat “Castle” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall). From 8 to 10 p.m., “Bachelor” tied Fox’s dramas for the lead among adults 18-34 (2.4/7) while sweeping the time period in key female demos and hitting a season high in total viewers.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) was about on par with last week and was up 9% over the show’s comparable episode of a year ago when it aired on Tuesdays. And at 10, rookie drama “Deception” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) couldn’t really take advantage of the repeat dramas on ABC and CBS opposite it; it held steady in 18-49 while gaining a bit in total viewers.

CBS was competitive with its night of encores, with “How I Met Your Mother” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) followed by a special repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which was the net’s top show. Half-hours “2 Broke Girls” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (1.8/4 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) ranked fourth in 18-49 in the 9 o’clock hour, and “Hawaii Five-0” closed out the night (1.2/3 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall).

At CW, “The Carrie Diaries” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) held steady or gained across the board, including its best results to date in both adults 18-34 (0.7/2) and women 18-34 (1.0/3). “90210” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) was roughly in line with its timeslot premiere of the previous week.Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.9/8; ABC, 2.1/6; NBC, 1.9/5; CBS, 1.7/4; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 9.6 million; ABC, 7.2 million; CBS, 6.8 million; NBC, 5.3 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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