Last night “The Following” did something unexpected: It increased its ratings by 3% over the series premiere and gave Fox the No. 1 spot for the night!
Per The Wrap, “The Following” drew the night’s largest audience with 10 million total viewers, according to preliminary numbers. Its performance helped push Fox to an overall win for the night. The network drew first place in the advertiser-preferred 18-49 demographic with a 2.9 rating/8 share and in total viewers with 9.6 million.
On February 1st Fox will rerun Episode 1.02, “Chapter Two,” of “The Following,” but if you were among the 10 million who watched last night, here’s an “Insider” look:
“The Following” Episode 1.02 – “Chapter Two” (encore airing 2/1/13)
Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), Agent Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore), and FBI Specialist Debra Parker (Annie Parisse), who is brought in to lead the investigation into Joe Carroll and his followers, dive deeper into the history of Carroll’s psyche with the help of Carroll’s ex-wife and Hardy’s former love, Claire Matthews. Meanwhile Emma, Jacob, and Paul keep Claire’s son, Joey, at a house in the country as they prepare for their next move.
As for what’s coming up, here’s the full February schedule for the show and a look at next week’s ep, “The Poet’s Fire”:
“The Following” Episode 1.03 – “The Poet’s Fire” (2/4/13; encore airing 2/9/13)
A new follower is found in Rick (guest star Michael Drayer), who is on a determined path to follow through on Carroll’s orders. Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the FBI attempt to predict Rick’s course of revenge, which leads to a surprising outcome. Meanwhile, Paul’s (Adan Canto) jealousy over Emma (Valorie Curry) and Jacob’s (Nico Tortorella) relationship leads to a breaking point, and the origin of Hardy and Carroll’s (James Purefoy) relationship is revealed.
“The Following” Episode 1.04 – “Mad Love” (2/11/13; encore airing 2/16/13)
Maggie (guest star Virginia Kull) devises a plot to put an end to Hardy. Tension rises as Paul reveals a secret that Jacob has been keeping from Emma, and Hardy and Claire’s (Natalie Zea) past relationship is explored.
“The Following” Episode 1.05 – “The Siege” (2/18/13; encore airing 2/23/13)
When Claire receives a phone call that may lead her to her son, Joey (Kyle Catlett), Hardy and the FBI set their next move into motion, causing panic at the followers’ hideout. Meanwhile, Carroll seeks a lawyer (guest star Renee Elise Goldsberry) from his past to send a message that has deadly results.
“The Following” Episode 1.06 – “The Fall” (2/25/13)
Carroll’s true intentions are revealed through a new follower, Charlie (guest star Tom Lipinski), and as Hardy learns of Carroll’s plans, he tries to stall Emma, Jacob, and Paul by taunting them in hopes of turning them against each other. Meanwhile, Emma makes a shocking decision.
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