TV Ratings: Fox's 'The Following' Gets a Strong Start
UPDATED: The CBS block dips, but stays dominant, while NBC's "Biggest Loser" and ABC's "The Bachelor" continue steady cycles.
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.