February 12, 2013


The Following is losing its own.

FOX:  After two strong weeks to start, THE FOLLOWING had its second consecutive ratings drop, this time falling a serious 0.5 to an only moderately positive 2.4, just good enough for 3rd place in its hour.  BONES was also down for the week, but less steeply, falling 0.2 to 2.2.

CBS:  The Eye won the night, but everything was down from last week’s post-Super Bowl Monday.  HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER plummeted 0.8 to 3.2, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT fell 0.3 to 2.8, 2 BROKE GIRLS was off 0.2 to 3.5, MIKE & MOLLY dropped 0.3 to 2.9 (despite star Melissa McCarthy’s blockbuster hit this weekend with Identity Thief), and HAWAII 5-0 declined 0.2 to 2.1.

NBC:  An odd night, as THE BIGGEST LOSER fell a tick to a season low 2.0, but the lowly DECEPTION rose 0.2 to a still-dismal 1.3.

ABC:  THE BACHELOR rose 0.3 to 2.7, and CASTLE joined it, up 0.2 to 2.0.

CW:  THE CARRIE DIARIES was off slightly to 0.6, but in CW terms that still puts it a notch above some of the network’s other mid-level shows.  90210, though, is headed for a lesser zip code with a terrible 0.3, down 0.1 from last week.

On the West Coast, where the STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS is over before primetime begins, this is a good night to catch up on stockpiled DVR shows.  The only fresh network programming tonight is ABC’s THE TASTE, and 2 episodes of OFF THEIR ROCKERS on NBC.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."