'The Following' ratings up for finale

THE FOLLOWING SEASON 1 TO DATEFox’s The Following rallied for its first season finale, with ratings rising 8 percent among adults 18-49 to deliver the show’s best performance in seven weeks.

All told, The Following is averaging 17.1 million viewers this season when you count all forms of viewership — on-air, DVR, encores, VOD and streaming. Here’s a breakdown chart of how it all boils down (right). The blue part — Live + Same Day — is what typically gets reported the morning after an episode airs. Then there’s all this other viewership, which is frequently not counted in the media (but also doesn’t contribute as much to Fox’s bottom line for the show since advertisers primarily want viewers who are watching their ads live). Still, this is a nice reminder of all the ways viewership can stack up.

Meanwhile Bones was up 11 percent this season. NBC’s The Voice fell 16 percent to tie this current spring cycle’s low. Revolution was steady. CBS’ comedies were roughly on par with their last performance (you wonder if CBS gets worried when biggest performer on the night, HIMYM, is going away after next season). ABC’s Dancing was down 5 percent to mark its lowest-rated performance show ever, with Castle down 13 percent as well. Full chart:

 ADULT DEMO RANK ADULTS 18-49 RATING TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-9P BONES #6 2.1 7,108
9-10P FOLLOWING #3 2.6 7,770
ABC 8-10P DANCNG-STARS #7t 2.0 13,250
10-11P CASTLE #7t 2.0 10,630
CBS 8:00P HIMYM #2 2.7 6,892
8:30P RULES #7t 2.0 6,000
9:00P 2BROKE GIRLS #4 2.5 7,693
9:30P MIKE&MOLLY #5 2.3 7,933
10-11P HAWAII 5-0 #11 1.7 7,693
NBC 8-10P VOICE #1 4.1 12,450
10-11P REVOLUTION #7t 2.0 5,809
CW 8-9P OH SIT!-CW #12 0.3 797
9-10P 90210-CW #13 0.2 515

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