Does Fox finally have a hit for itself Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time? Based on what we are seeing right now with “The Following,” the easy answer to this question is that for now, it appears to look that way.
The series premiere of the Kevin Bacon series wasted the best new series launch for the network all year, as it scored an impressive 3.1 in the 18-49 demographic as well as over 10 million viewers. Both of these numbers are double what “The Mob Doctor” was pulling in this timeslot, and with a pilot as strong as this one was, there is some hope that the show will be able to succeed where such shows as “Terra Nova” and “Alcatraz” beforehand could not. “The Following” will get a chance to air consecutively throughout the rest of the spring, and it should be benefited by the fact that there is really nothing else like it in that timeslot.
Also, how does it feel for Fox to finally realize that they can have a scripted hit after “House”?
As for the performance of some other new series, don’t expect either “The Carrie Diaries” (the most surprising flop of midseason with a 0.5 rating) or “Deception” (1.3) to last very long. Both shows declined yet again this week, and the latter in particular is drawing less than half of the audience of what “Revolution” was pulling in this same timeslot months ago. You could site “The Voice” as a big reason why, by “Deception” has a pretty decent lead-in of its own courtesy of “The Biggest Loser,” which to us is the biggest surprise of midseason as it is holding steady to a 2.4 rating.
There were no other major changes to the ratings this week; but if you want to read a full review for “The Following” premiere, you can do so over at the link here.