The Following, Fox’s heavily-promoted serial killer drama starring Kevin Bacon, debuted to strong ratings Monday night: 10.4 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49. That tied CBS’ Elementary as the second-highest rated new drama premiere of the season. No surprise.

TV seems to be smitten with serial killers and driven by excessive violence these days and The Following pushes the network envelope. It’s graphic and gruesome. Scenes too creepy to watch.

Is it a good show? We checked out Metacritic. While top critics Robert Bianco (USA Today, 88) and Ken Tucker (EW, 83) gave The Following high grades, Tim Goodman (THR, 20) and Alan Sepinwall (HitFix, 42) — two of our favorite critics — ripped it. Metacritic average: 62.

JH rating: after one show, a 50. The Following is nothing more than another Criminal Minds, CBS’s popular procedural. Kevin Williamson (Scream) has crafted a good thriller and a potential hit, but if he’s trying to make a show that can compete with high-quality fare on cable like Dexter or The Walking Dead, he has a long way to go.

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