New Fox Show Bounces Back in Tight Monday Ratings Battle

Feb 19, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Monday night saw an unusually tight battle in the broadcast ratings, with two networks tying for first place in the key 18-49 demo, based on Nielsen overnights.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that ABC and CBS finished deadlocked for prime time overall with 2.8 average ratings in viewers 18-49, followed closely by Fox (2.5 average), with NBC a little further behind in fourth place (1.8). The race for total viewers was just as tight, with ABC barely ahead of CBS — 9.3 million to 9.2 million. Fox was third with 8.3 million, followed by NBC with 4.8 million.

Fox saw its new show “The Following” bounce back after a down week, improving 17% to a 2.8 average rating in 18-49. Fox’s “Bones” was down 5% with a 2.1.

ABC was led by its two-hour “The Bachelor” with a 3.0 in the 18-49 demo, up 11% from a week ago. ABC’s “Castle” also rose, scoring a 2.2 average, a 10% improvement.

CBS had mixed results, with “How I Met Your Mother” up 6% to a 3.4 in adults 18-49, “2 Broke Girls” down 6%, also with a 3.4, “Mike & Molly” up 3% for a 3.1, “Rules of Engagement” steady with a 2.8 and “Hawaii Five-0” down 5% to a 2.0.

NBC saw its two-hour “Biggest Loser” improve 5% from last week’s season low to a 2.1 in 18-49, while “Deception” held steady with a 1.2.

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