TV Ratings: 'The Following' Inches Up in Finale
The Fox thriller, very steady for the last two months, grows slightly with its sophomore ender -- as "Dancing With the Stars" and "Friends With Better Lives" also improve.
The Following may have taken a same-day hit during its sophomore season, but it has proved to be very steady. After a month and a half consistently pulling a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, the show inched up to a 1.5 rating for its Monday finale. The drama, already renewed for a third season, also averaged 4.8 million viewers.
The Voice came out on top again for NBC. Fast national returns give the two-hour episode a steady 3.0 rating among adults 18-49. The Blacklist (2.7 adults) also held, off just a tenth of a point. NBC averaged a 2.2 rating in the key demo and 11.2 million viewers.
Dancing With the Stars (2.4 adults) improved two-tenths of a point on ABC, though the network saw preemptions in the San Antonio market. Castle (1.9 adults) improved a tenth of a point, giving ABC an average 2.2 demo rating and 13.4 million viewers.
CBS comedies improved more and more as the night went on. 2 Broke Girls (2.2 adults) was up just a tenth, while Friends With Better Lives (1.9 adults) moved up two-tenths and Mike & Molly (2.2 adults) improved by three-tenths. Averaged with repeats, CBS took a 1.6 rating in the demo and 6.1 million viewers.
Both Star-Crossed and The Tomorrow People matched last week's 0.3 demo ratings on The CW, though the network had an MLB preemption in New York City.