January 22, 2013 8:54am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Fox's 'The Following' Gets a Strong Start
Dipping from several season highs last week, CBS' comedy block remained on top of Monday's competition. The network won the night in adults 18-49 (3.0 rating) and total viewers (10.3 million). How I Met Your Mother (3.7 adults) was off two tenths of a point, with 2 Broke Girls (3.7 adults) dropping four tenths of a point. Mike and Molly (3.3 adults) was down two tenths -- as was Hawaii Five-0 (2.2 adults).
Fox enjoyed its best Monday in over a year thanks to a rising Bones and the premiere of The Following. After Bones (2.3 adults), which was up two tenths of a point, the Kevin Bacon starrer opened to a 3.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers. The demo rating ties The Following with Elementary for second highest-rated drama debut of the new season (behind Revolution). Another good sign for the series: Its demo score grew in the second half hour. The network averaged a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers for the night.
Up a tenth of a point from last week, The Bachelor averaged a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 over two hours on ABC. At 10 p.m., Castle (2.0 adults) was also up one tenth of a point. ABC averaged a 2.3 adults rating and 7.9 million viewers.
Also steady was NBC's The Biggest Loser, which pulled a 2.4 adults rating for the third Monday in a row. Deception continued to fall at 10 p.m., down three tenths of a point to a 1.3 rating in the key demo. NBC averaged a 2.0 adults rating and 5.3 million viewers.
The Carrie Diaries (0.5 adults) dropped a tenth of a point from last week's premiere before 90210 (0.4 adults) returned two tenths of a point shy of its last original. The network averaged a 0.4 rating in the demo and 1.03 million viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers.