The Following got off to a killer start Monday.

The Kevin Bacon serial killer thriller premiered to 10.4 million viewers and a 3.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, building on its Bones lead-in (8.5 million, 2.3) by a comfortable margin. The numbers are also more than double that of timeslot predecessor The Mob Doctor's in the fall, but fell shy of the 3.3 Alcatraz's premiere pulled in the slot last January.

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CBS won the night, though all of its shows dropped from last week.

In its second week, The Carrie Diaries (1.3 million, 0.5) dipped a tenth, while fellow new show Deception (3.6 million, 1.3) dropped three-tenths in its third week.

8 p.m.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother 10.1 million viewers (3.7); The Big Bang Theory (R) 10.4 million (3.2)
ABC: The Bachelor 7.5 million (2.5) [8-10 p.m.]
Fox: Bones  8.5 million (2.3)
NBC: The Biggest Loser 6.1 million (2.4) [8-10 p.m.]
CW: The Carrie Diaries 1.3 million (0.5)

9 p.m.
CBS: 2 Broke Girls 11.5 million (3.7); Mike & Molly 10.8 million (3.3)
Fox: The Following 10.4 million (3.1)
CW: 90210 790,000 (0.4)

10 p.m.
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 9.6 million (2.2)
ABC: Castle 8.7 million (2.0)
NBC: Deception 3.6 million (1.3)

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