Ratings: ‘The Bachelorette’ premiere big; ‘The Following’ and ‘Stalker’ series finales low

Last night was probably not a good time for executive producer Kevin Williamson. He is a guy who invested so much time in helping to get “Stalker” and “The Following” on the air, but both series went out with more of a whimper than a bang.

In the event of the former, “Stalker” ended the night with almost 7 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. These are numbers that are not necessarily horrendous, but below the standard that CBS has. If the show was better-received among critics, maybe it would be coming back for another season. It’s possible, albeit doubtful, that a cable network somewhere could take a look at it.

At this point, we feel a little less optimistic about “The Following,” which fell all the way to a 0.9 rating for its own series finale. We know that the studio was at one point talking to Hulu (who have picked up “The Mindy Project” for an extended fourth season), but we don’t imagine that the interest was large enough to make something work.

While “Dancing with the Stars” (2.2) continues to fare surprisingly well in its 20th season, “The Bachelorette” (2.1) was an equal winner. Despite a twist that so many people complained about, the show actually premiered higher than the one featuring Andi Dorfman last year (2.0). This show never draws the same ratings as “The Bachelor” proper does, mostly because there are probably a larger pool of viewers around during the winter months than in the summer.

The winner of the night was “The Voice” with a 2.6, but you probably saw that coming.

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