The Following: Season One Ratings

The Following TV show ratingsMonday night’s The Mob Doctor was cancelled after one season. Will The Following perform better in the ratings or will end up being cancelled as well? We shall see.

The Following follows a former FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) who returns to help stop a diabolical serial killer (James Purefoy). The rest of the cast includes Adan Canto, Annie Parisse, Kyle Catlett, Natalie Zea, Nico Tortorella, Shawn Ashmore, and Valorie Curry. The first season typically airs Monday nights at 9pm on FOX and there are 15 episodes.

Below are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if The Following is going to be cancelled or renewed for a second season.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.96 million total viewers.

Episode 01-15: Monday, 04/29/13
2.7 in the demo (+13% change) with 7.82 million (+11% change).
Season averages: 2.63 in the demo with 7.96 million.

Episode 01-14: Monday, 04/22/13
2.4 in the demo (+14% change) with 7.04 million (+11% change).
Season averages: 2.62 in the demo with 7.97 million.

Episode 01-13: Monday, 04/15/13
2.1 in the demo (-5% change) with 6.36 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 2.64 in the demo with 8.04 million.

Episode 01-12: Monday, 04/08/13
2.2 in the demo (0% change) with 6.30 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 2.68 in the demo with 8.18 million.

Episode 01-11: Monday, 04/01/13
2.2 in the demo (-4% change) with 6.57 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 2.73 in the demo with 8.35 million.

Episode 01-10: Monday, 03/25/13
2.3 in the demo (-8% change) with 6.66 million (-9% change).
Season averages: 2.78 in the demo with 8.53 million.

Episode 01-09: Monday, 03/18/13
2.5 in the demo (-7% change) with 7.34 million (-10% change).
Season averages: 2.83 in the demo with 8.73 million.

Episode 01-08: Monday, 03/11/13
2.7 in the demo (-4% change) with 8.15 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 2.88 in the demo with 8.91 million.

Episode 01-07: Monday, 03/04/13
2.8 in the demo (0% change) with 8.81 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 2.90 in the demo with 9.01 million.

UPDATE: The Following has been renewed for a second season.

Episode 01-06: Monday, 02/25/13
2.8 in the demo (-3% change) with 8.58 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 2.92 in the demo with 9.05 million.

Episode 01-05: Monday, 02/18/13
2.9 in the demo (+21% change) with 8.39 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 2.94 in the demo with 9.14 million.

Episode 01-04: Monday, 02/11/13
2.4 in the demo (-17% change) with 7.79 million (-14% change).
Season averages: 2.95 in the demo with 9.33 million.

Episode 01-03: Monday, 02/04/13
2.9 in the demo (-12% change) with 9.01 million (-11% change).
Season averages: 3.13 in the demo with 9.84 million.

Episode 01-02: Monday, 01/28/13
3.3 in the demo (+3% change) with 10.10 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 3.25 in the demo with 10.26 million.

Episode 01-01: Monday, 01/21/13
3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.42 million total viewers.
Season average: 3.20 in the demo with 10.42 million.

It was a solid start for the new series and was on par with the Alcatraz series debut a year earlier (3.3 rating with 10.05 million viewers). As per usual, the real question will be if viewers will come back episode after episode.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like The Following TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

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  1. Kimr says

    I love this show yes a little violent but it wasn’t advertised as puppies and rainbows. I dont miss this show always tune in Kevin Bacon is awesome in this show, it keeps me guessing and wanting keep it and if people find it disturbing dont watch

  2. Leigh Ann von Hoelle says

    Love, love, love this show. The drama and excitement packed into one show is so much that i make sure i watch it during the day…otherwise my adrenaline is through the roof and i can’t sleep (lol). I love all the twists and turns. I can’t wait until the next week to see what is going to happen next. Kevin Bacon is phenominal and so is Annie Parisse!

  3. onetuffgoob says

    Bring back Alcatraz and I will forgive Fox for putting out The Following. Sorry to Kevin Bacon. I really like you, dude.

  4. Steve says



  5. Mark says

    This show is awsome and needs to continue. If you don’t like it don’t watch it. This is some of Kevin Bacon’s best work.

  6. Will says

    I can’t believe all the complaining about the gory parts of this program. If you don’t like it, then its really very simple – just switch over – you are not forced to watch. The series is excellent and James Purefoy is a revelation as the baddie. Hannibal would be proud…

  7. More Violence says

    This show needs more violence it does not have enough and do not worry second season will happen and all the trolls will just get angrier.

  8. says

    il like the show it kind of has a mix of silence of the lambs and csi the police and fbi seem to be stupid but kevin bacon deserves a shot so lets watch and hope the right mix will come together to form a great series

  9. Samara says

    Kevin Bacon never seems to get the credit he is due! He is a tremendously talented actor, especially with dark thrillers! The storyline is meant to be a stretch from reality, but it also keeps a loose link with many of the past real life serial killers and cult leaders! The majority of the cast takes a backseat to Bacon and Purefoy, so I have no real problem with them! However, the female FBI lead was definitely cast wrong! She just finished playing a villian on “Person of Interest”, and we’re supposed to take her seriously as a high-level agent with great knowledge of cults and good leadership? That part is a little too hard to swallow! But, I think the show deserves its first season to be seen and then judged…it’s an intricate and complex storyline that needs more than a few episodes to develop! I will keep watching!

      • AMN says

        They’re asking our opinion at this website, so steve gave it!? What’s your problem? The agents are incompetent…I agree. Steve probably has stopped watching the show. I know I have! Simple!

  10. Funnyguy101 says

    A very good show, while yes the cops act really really dumb it is somewhat amusing but all the while the show has a very very dark timeline, something i believe has been missing from my tv schedule
    Ill definatley tune in every monday for this brilliant new show

  11. Anonymous says

    Way out of line with the extreme violence. The last thing we need to be subjected to at this time. cancel it.

  12. tom says

    I was really looking foreword to it. Too bad I found it to be tedious at best. Horrible color palette, almost black and white. I found the story line a bit too farfetched. Worst part for me was that it was simplisticly dull in it’s execution. It needs a lot of work!

    Everybody keeps complaining about the gory parts, really? I find CSI to be much worse. I think the problem here is that this show was originally slated for cable, too bad Fox snatched it up.

    • onetuffgoob says

      Yeah, they have cops swarming the ex-wives’ house and this “cop” killler gets in and gets to her. There are rules to writing! Suspend belief, but it has to be in context. I will play it by ear. One more time. Maybe. Maybe not. Networks don’t give the audience a chance anymore. I have no trust. Do I keep watching and hoping it will soar, or do I give up now, when it’s iffy, so I don’t get pissed when it’s pulled for good? BTDT

  13. Craig says

    The thing that will kill this series is that it is depending on most of the law enforcement officers being incompetent. A serial killer Keystone Cops will not work.

  14. says

    After SO looking forward to Kevin Bacon’s new series, it was so disappointing. We stopped watching at the dog murder scene. Too sadistic for me.

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