Ratings: Bachelor Finale Down, The Following Drops, Scorpion Ties Low

The Following Ratings Season 3

On this first Monday of Daylight Savings Time, when families, lore has it, are outside playing Jarts instead of plunked in front of the TV box….

ABC’s Bachelor finale made a date with 9.5 million viewers and a 2.7 rating, rising week-to-week but down 16 percent in the demo from Juan Pablo’s final rose-giving.

In turn, the After the Rose special (9.6 mil/2.7) fell 29 percent in the demo.


FOX | Leading out of a Gotham rerun, The Following (3.5 mil/1.1) dropped 30 percent from its season opener.

THE CW | The Originals (1.4 mil/0.5) and Jane the Virgin (1.3 mil/0.5) both returned down a tenth.

NBC | The Voice (13.5 mil/3.6) dipped 8 percent week-to-week; The Night Shift (5.8 mil/1.4) was steady.

CBS | 2 Broke Girls (8.3 mil/2.0) and Scorpion (10.4 mil/2.0) each dipped a tenth, with the latter tying its series low. Mike & Molly (8.8 mil/2.0) slipped two tenths, while NCIS: LA (10.5 mil/1.7) rose 7 percent (to its second-largest audience of the season) and a tenth.

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  1. Isaac says:

    Ouch, The Following

  2. Tran says:

    Hope CBS renews 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly soon before the upfronts come May and I’m still hooked on Scorpion even though I give kudos to Elyes Gabel who was great during his run on Game of Thrones.

  3. Kate says:

    It sort of sounds like no one was watching TV last night

  4. Neki says:

    The Voice is actually 3.6, not 2.6.

  5. Everything started going downhill with the banning of Jarts. I’m pretty sure that’s when they invented cable, who stole the ratings of traditional network TV. Back when yard games were fun, ratings were high despite them. Viewer numbers look decent, but the ratings are rather unpleasant. No Empire here!

    • Patrick says:

      Part of the problem is the proliferation of choices and media outlets. It means more demand for product, which means more opportunities for writers. In the golden age of TV, writing staffs stayed largely intact for multiple years. Only the very worst writers left on a yearly basis. Even the very best writers would spend years on a project before they moved on. Not so much anymore. Now, when a writer spits out 2-3 decent eps over 2 years he gets his own development deal, or a chance to write elsewhere. This comp is good for the writers, but bad for viewers. If you had a staff with one or two superstars, and then a bunch of utility guys who were good for 3-4 quality eps a year, it would be great for TV. That talent would feed off of each other and the final product would be fantastic.

  6. nhogan47 says:

    I hope more people come back to The Following. Season 3 has been a huge improvement.

    • DL says:

      I agree. The show seriously needed to move away from Joe Carroll and his angst, and thank goodness that they did. Of course I expect Joe to show up again, but I’m thrilled he’s no longer the focus, and stoked at the prospect of a new mystery big bad looming on the horizon.

    • lechatnoir says:

      Naw , its exhausting . ugh! I had so much hope . After last I decided i’ll bail. More people will . It was never a good idea to produce multiple seasons out of this.

  7. kmw says:

    Who at FOX decided Gotham re runs would help The Following? If those ratings continues they will not be back next year. Even if Bachelor is down they still won the night. Good for NCIS LA but some of that is because Castle wasn’t on. And yes it appears no one is watching television

  8. Tracy says:

    The only one of these shows worth watching is Scorpion which is one of the best shows on television! I don’t know any one watches The Bachelor…unless they find women with low self esteem entertaining!