It looks like the Season 2 finale of Fox's serial-killer thriller "The Following" slayed fewer viewers than last year's closer.
"The Following," starring Kevin Bacon, ended the season with 4.8 million viewers overall and a rating of 1.5 among advertiser-desired 18-to-49-year-olds Monday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Season 1 went out with 7.8 million viewers and a 2.7 in 18-49, so this year's finale is down about 40%.
The show still posted its best numbers in a month and a half, and Fox anticipates a boost of 60% or more from delayed viewing.
The series has been renewed for a third season.
NBC was Monday's highest-rated network in 18-49, with "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" leading prime-time shows on the major networks, earning a 3.0 and a 2.7, respectively, in the key demographic -- essentially the status quo for those two shows.
ABC was the most-watched outlet overall (13.4 million viewers). "Dancing With the Stars" delivered 15.1 million viewers total and rose 9% from last week, to a 2.4 in 18-49, while "Castle's" rating went up 6% to a 1.9.
CBS' new Monday offering "Friends With Better Lives" had better numbers this time around, rising 12% to a 1.9 this week. Meanwhile, "2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly" both scored a 2.2 in 18-49, up 5% and 16%, respectively.
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