following season 2 finale ratings TV ratings: 'The Following' finale, 'Dancing With the Stars' up Monday, 'The Voice' holds steadyFast National ratings for Monday, April 28, 2014

The season finale of “The Following” got a small ratings bump Monday night, scoring its biggest audience and best 18-49 rating in seven weeks. It still came in well below last year’s finale, however.

A number of other shows also showed gains Monday, including ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and “Castle” (pending updates for local pre-emptions) and CBS’ comedies “2 Broke Girls,” “Friends With Better Lives” and “Mike & Molly.” NBC was relatively steady, with “The Voice” matching last week’s rating and “The Blacklist” dipping by a tenth. “Star-Crossed” and “The Tomorrow People” were flat for The CW.

ABC currently stands at 13.4 million viewers and an 8.5 rating/13 share in households for the night. NBC (11.2 million, 6.9/11) finished second, well ahead of CBS’ 6.1 million viewers and 4.0/6. FOX (4.4 million, 2.7/4) took fourth, and The CW (888,000, 0.6/1) trailed.

NBC took the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 2.9 rating, beating out ABC’s 2.2. CBS came in third with a 1.6, followed by FOX, 1.2, and The CW, 0.3.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” (14.9 million viewers, 9.3/14 households)
NBC: “The Voice” (11.5 million, 7.1/11)
CBS: “2 Broke Girls” (7.8 million, 5.0/8)/”Friends With Better Lives” (6.2 million, 4.0/6)
FOX: “Bones” rerun (4 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: “Star-Crossed” (874,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: “The Voice” (2.9)

9 p.m.

ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” (15.3 million, 9.7/15))
NBC: “The Voice” (11.3 million, 7.0/10)
CBS: “Mike & Molly” (7.55 million, 4.8/7)/”The Big Bang Theory” rerun (6.3 million, 4.1/6)
FOX: “The Following” season finale (4.8 million, 2.9/4)
The CW: “The Tomorrow People” (902,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: “The Voice” (3.0)

10 p.m.

NBC: “The Blacklist” (10.9 million, 6.7/11)
ABC: “Castle” (10.1 million, 6.7/11)
CBS: “Person of Interest” rerun (4.5 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: “The Blacklist” (2.7)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter