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.

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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. Casey says

    I watch this show with some reservations. At first I found all the killing a bit over the top to be interesting. There was little plot and lots of dead bodies. But I’ve kept watching to see what could be done with Kevin Bacon’s character. The last few shows have gotten better with the development of Kevin’s part and the chief bad guy, who’s name I forget. That should tell you something. BTW, he is an excellent actor. I just don’t see how you can continue a show that focuses on a group of psychopaths who keep on killing for the fun of it. Escape, capture etc. gets boring after awhile. Focus more on the light vs. dark giving the dark side more purpose/idiology beside just writing a book. And give Kevin Bacon’s character lots more development, please.

  2. Mel says

    Recommended by friends, I gave The Following a try and liked it until about halfway through the season. The writing is horrifically unrealistic and the characters are so over the top that it comes across as cheesy, especially in the last 3 or 4 episodes. I continued to watch just to see if it would get better but found myself more interested in other activities while watching. It’s far too contrived and cheesy for me. Every episode is so action packed that its boring. There’s no suspense. I just keep hoping Kevin Bacon’s character will die. He has survived way too many stabbings, shootings, beatings. Electric shock to his damaged heart …kill the dude off already! I thought for sure it would be cancelled & will not watch season 2.

  3. The Browns says

    We agree with David’s comments…THIS SHOW WAS BAD ALL AROUND! Are there any more intelligent people like David out there!???? IF SO, PLEASE COMMENT!

  4. Carol says

    Loved it from the start. Best show on regular tv. The acting is great and the show is suspenseful. If you love Dexter this is a great way to fill the time until that series begins again. I was happy to see David Zayas make an appearance. I can’t wait for Mondays. Please renew!

  5. cheryl smith says

    Most amazing series that ive ever watched. Love Joe but i am petrified at the same time!
    Acting from all the cast is out of this world. Really cant predict how it will end.

  6. Jennifer says

    They need to renew The Following, it’s FANTASTIC!!! There is just enough light and dark in it to keep me hanging on! Keep it up and you will have me for life!!!

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