For a show that appeals to a specific audience, The Following got off to a rather killer start on Monday night — and certainly outperformed Fox’s most recent drama debut.
UPDATE: With 10.4 million total viewers and a 3.2 rating (adjusted up per finals), the Kevin Bacon-starrer built significantly on its Bones lead-in — which rose in the demo (2.3) and drew a season-high audience (8.5 mil) — to more than double The Mob Doctor’s opening numbers (5.1 mil/1.5). With the 3.2,it also now stands as this TV season’s second highest-rated drama premiere (behind NBC’s Revolution), edging out CBS’ Elementary.
Looking back further: Versus the Alcatraz series premiere (10 mil/3.3), The Following delivered a larger audience but fell shy of the demo rating. Similarly, the serial killer thriller outdrew the far more family friendly Terra Nova (9.1 mil/3.1) and bested its 18-49 rating.
As for speculation that those who stopped in would tune out and hide under the bed, The Following retained its audience throughout the hour and even grew in the demo. In the 9 o’clock hour, it was only bested by CBS sitcoms.
Over on CBS, How I Met Your Mother (10 mil/3.7) slipped 5 percent and two tenths, while 2 Broke Girls (11.5 mil/3.7, down 8 and 10 percent) and Mike & Molly (10.9 mil/3.3, down 5 percent) also dipped yet outrated The Following with an average of 3.5. Hawaii Five-0 was steady in audience week-to-week (9.6 mil) and ticked down in the demo (2.2) but led the 10 pm hour on both counts.
ABC’s The Bachelor (7.5 mil/2.5) was steady in total audience/ticked up a tenth in the demo, while Castle (8.7 mil/2.0) shed a few eyeballs but grew a tenth.
NBC’s Biggest Loser (6.1 mil/2.4) was flat; Deception (3.6 mil/1.3) dropped 12 and 19 percent in Week 3.
The CW’s Carrie Diaries did 1.3 mil and a 0.5, down 19 percent and a tenth from its premiere outing. 90210 christened its new time slot with 790,000 total viewers and a 0.4 rating, down 33 percent in the demo from its last fresh episode.
What were you tuned into this Monday night?