Last year, FOX renewed The Following for a third season — despite the fact that the series lost a third of its audience during the second season. Will the ratings continue to fall this time around? Will The Following be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned.
The third season of The Following picks up a year after former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and his team put serial killer and cult leader Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) back on death row. The rest of the cast includes Shawn Ashmore, Jessica Stroup, Michael Ealy, Sam Underwood, and Zuleikha Robinson.
The higher a show’s ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically the following morning, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
Final season averages: 1.12 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.45 million total viewers.
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It’s worth noting that the second season premiere followed the NFC Championship game and attracted a 4.4 demo rating with 11.18 million viewers. In its regular timeslot, the second episode drew a 2.0 with 6.02 million.
Last year comparison: The second season of The Following averaged a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.19 million total viewers.
Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings. 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 still like The Following TV show? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?