TV tonight: How I Met Your Mother and The Following

How I Met Your Mother continues its Monday night ratings dominance.

Photo: CBS/How I Met Your Mother

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2013 —Despite all the hype and controversy surrounding The Following, the show’s notoriety hasn’t translated into viewers. The Following dropped 12% of its viewers from the week before, coming in second in the 9 p.m. time slot, behind 2 Broke Girls on CBS. To be fair, it doesn’t help that CBS almost always wins the ratings battle with its strong Monday night line-up. Still, one would think a show starring someone like Kevin Bacon would do a lot better than its current losing trend indicates. Some writers better get very busy if they want The Following to be around beyond one season.

The battle between The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser for the reality show winner of the night is about as interesting as watching grass grow. Instead, it may be a good night to mark something off my to-do list and finally watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on BRAVO. A friend of mine has been nagging me to watch it, despite her knowledge of my aversion to structured reality shows. The things we do for our loved ones.

Elsewhere, Dallas continues its come-back season tonight at 9 p.m. on TNT. Washington Times Community is hosting a live chat for die-hard Dallas fans tonight. If Texas size drama is your cup of tea, just drop in here and hang out, starting at 8:45 p.m.

Given their Nielsen ratings, I should probably be more enthusiastic about tonight’s line-up of shows than I am. It’s probably because last night’s viewing was so good that feeling a little let down afterwards is inevitable. I’ll see if I can muster a little more enthusiasm between now and next Sunday night, but don’t count on it. The State of the Union Address is tomorrow night; something sure to take the winds out of most people’s viewing sails. I predict a night of reading in my immediate future, and I didn’t even need The Long Island Medium to figure that out.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Bachelor: (New) The pressure intensifies as hometown dates loom; Sean and the remaining bachelorettes travel to the Caribbean island of St. Croix; one woman reveals a shocking fact during a date; Sean’s sister comes to St. Croix to help him make a decision.

CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (New) Ted is reluctant to break up with his crazy girlfriend Jeanette. Meanwhile, Robin becomes attached to Marvin after finally holding him for the first time.

FOX: Bones: (New) While at the hospital, Brennan struggles with visions of her mother that defy her usual logic.

NBC: The Biggest Loser: (New) Will power is put to the test when the contestants are locked in a room filled with tasty Valentine treats.

CW: The Carrie Diaries: (New) Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) runs into an old friend at her internship and gets invited to his mother’s dinner soiree in Manhattan, but her feelings for Sebastian (Austin Butler) get in her way, until she see him with another girl.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Rules of Engagement: (New) Jeff and Audrey ask Russell to list the women he has slept with so they can avoid giving one of those names to their baby. Meanwhile, Adam is humiliated when he spends a lot of money on a new bicycle and gear.

9 p.m.

CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (New) Max and Caroline meet rapper 2 Chainz on a cross-country flight on a private plane to attend a musical awards show.

FOX: The Following: (New) Maggie plots Hardy’s demise; Paul reveals a secret of Emma’s. In other events, Hardy and Claire’s history together is recalled.

CW: 90210: (New) Naomi and Max (guest star Josh Zuckerman) co-host a charity football game which re-kindles old feelings, while Navid pushes Liam to continue underground fighting.

TNT: Dallas: (New) Christopher desperately works on a key deal as the future of Ewing Energies dims. Meanwhile, J.R.’s machinations continue, compelling John Ross to choose between a Ewing and a Barnes; and Cliff Barnes returns for a surprise meeting.

9:30 p.m.

CBS: Mike and Molly: (New) Mike and Molly encourage Harry (David Higgins) to take Victoria on a date for Valentine’s Day, and everyone is shocked when she accepts. Meanwhile, Carl convinces Samuel that they will be able to meet women at the laundromat during the holiday.

10 p.m.

ABC: Castle: (New) The young rising star of “The Wives of Wall Street” is murdered; Castle tries to give Beckett a Valentine’s Day gift, but his plans go awry.

CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (New) Five-0 investigates the murder of a Lua (ancient Hawaiian hand-to-hand combat) master, and McGarrett hires a private investigator to follow his mother.

NBC: Deception: (New) Mia runs off with Kyle and the identity of her father is revealed. John Larroquette guest stars.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 8 p.m. on BRAVO

Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet

Continuum at 8 p.m. on Syfy

Cake Boss: Next Great Baker at 8 and 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Bizarre Foods America at 8 and 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Top Gear at 9 p.m. on BBC

Love it or List it at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Alaska State Troopers at 9 p.m. on NGC

Being Human at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Chopper Live: Faster ‘N Louder at 10 p.m. on DSC

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Pawn Stars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Lords of War at 10 p.m. on NGC

Monday Mornings at 10 p.m. on TNT

Hotel Impossible at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel

Lizard Lick Towing at 10 p.m. on truTV

Cake Boss at 10:30 p.m. on TLC

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

Swamp Hunters at 10:30 p.m. on truTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Happy Gilmore on AMC

Heat on ENC

The Social Network on FMC

Live Free or Die Hard on FX

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on IFC

Little Women on TCM

Snow Falling on Cedars on TMC

9 p.m.

Wrath of the Titans on HBO

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close on HBO

The Silence of the Lambs on MOMAX

Spartacus: War of the Damned on STARZ

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