22 January 2013 8:17 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The premiere episode of Fox’s The Following delivered some solid numbers Monday night.

The serial killer thriller starring Kevin Bacon had 10.4 million viewers and a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49. That’s slightly under what the short-lived Alcatraz delivered in this slot last year, but the problem with Alcatraz wasn’t where the show’s ratings started, but rather where they ended up.

Much of the media conversation surrounding The Following has been hand-wringing over the show’s graphic violence — is it too much? Is the show ill-timed in the wake of Sandy Hook? These numbers don’t lend a »

- James Hibberd

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