|The Following Last Season||Post-Championship Game Shows|
|3.2 (premiere, 1/21/13) |
2.7 (finale, 4/29/13)
|3.5 (Hawaii Five-0, 1/20/13, game 16.8) |
7.9 (American Idol, 1/22/12, game 21.4)
5.6 (Hawaii Five-0, 1/23/11, game 19.7)
4.6 (The Mentalist, 1/18/09, game 14.7)
4.7 (Without a Trace, 1/21/07, game 17.6)
9.2 (Numb3rs preview, 1/23/05, game 17.6)
The lead-in game is between Seattle and San Francisco. It probably features the two best NFC teams, and it's projected to be pretty close, but the fact that it's two West Coast teams may damage the casual tune-in where most of the population lies.
I think this outrates last year's Hawaii Five-0 because Fox is much more invested in this show from a promotional standpoint than CBS was with Five-0 at this time last year. Last year's Five-0 was pretty much just another episode in the middle of the season and was promoted as such. Fox is advertising this second season premiere more aggressively. However, The Following's subject matter may not be the best fit with the family viewing event.
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