TV Ratings Monday: 'Revolution' Premieres Big, 'The Mob Doctor' DOA, 'The Voice' Rises, 'Bones' Premieres Down

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September 18th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.4/12 1.9/5 1.7/4 1.6/4 1.3/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.6/11 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.792 6.457 6.223 3.813 4.530 0.672


Note: Last night’s Monday Night Football game was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in Atlanta. As a result, ABC numbers may be a bit inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

NBC was #1 with adults 18-49 and total viewers

On NBC, The Voice scored a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 10%  from a 4.2 for last week's premiere on Monday andscoring its best numbers since Monday, March 19, 2011. The highly anticipated premiere of Revolution garnered a huge 4.1 18-49 rating, making it the highest rated drama debut in  three years (since ABC's V, 5.2) and the highest rated NBC drama debut in 5 years (Bionic Woman, 5.7). It was up 39% from a 2.5 for  last week's preview of The New Normal  in the time period and up a whopping 156% from the premiere of the shortlived The Playboy Club last season (1.6.). It is also up 8% from the premiere of Smash  on February 6, 2012, which also had The Voice as a lead-in. Revolution even outperformed most of your predictions.

On FOX, the premiere of Bones earned a 2.3 among adults 18-49, down 30% from a 3.3 for last season's premiere on Thursday, November 3, 2011 when, it should be noted, it had The X Factor as a lead-in, but up 21% from a 1.9 for the season finale on May 14, 2012. The series premiere of  The Mob Doctor scored  a low  1.5 among adults 18-49 down 51% from a 3.1 for the two hour series premiere of Terra Nova  in the time period on September 26, 2011. About 25% of you accurately predicted the show's ratings.

On ABC, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock garnered a 1.7  among adults 18-49, matching the performance of last year's two-hour telecast on Sunday, August 14, 2011.

On The CW, The LA Complex  earned a 0.4 , up from  last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.  A second new episode at 9PM garnered a 0.2 among adults 18-49.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday September 10, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.6/12 13.36
FOX Bones (Premiere) 2.3/6 7.82
ABC CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock (8-11PM) 1.7/4 6.22
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 1.4/4 4.29
CW The L.A. Complex 0.4/1 0.81
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.6/4 4.91
FOX The Mob Doctor (Premiere) 1.5/4 5.09
CW The L.A. Complex 0.2/1 0.54
10:00 NBC Revolution (Premiere) 4.1/11 11.65
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R 0.9/2 4.39

Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Andrea

    I’m more interested in next weeks numbers when every thing else returns ( DWTS, HF0, Castle).

  • Justin

    Excellent for Revolution!! Hope it stays this way.

  • Oliver

    The Voice rose?!? Didn’t see that coming

  • Brian

    Great for Revolution! I still have hope for TMD and I think both will be great hits.

  • PreciousCat

    Wow, the voice demo sky rockted. That’s amazing.. But as for Revolution, started off good but turned to crap. It’s felt like the Colony+Robin Hood..

  • RyanCanada

    Bones was AMAZING!! love that show, and Mob Doctor i enjoyed aswell.

  • rob60990

    FOX is so doomed on Mondays. Bones did terrible.

  • DenverDean

    Nice numbers for Revolution. Let’s see what happens with a full slate of competition. TV will be down a bit as lead-in. The Event, FlashForward, etc. all started well, but soon faltered. Looking forward to next week when everything will be on across the board.

  • Mire

    Well Bones, last year premiere on thrusday, with X Factor or Idol help (dont remember) this is great ratings, for a 8 season show, with a hell of competition.

  • James

    The Mob Doctor beaten by a repeat of 2 Broke Girls. Fox must be utterly embarrassed.

    Ahh well, complete collapse of Fox may turn out well for the one show I watch on there, Raising Hope. It’ll only be a season away from syndication at the end of this season so they may as well stick it out.

  • adaaaannski

    Wow NBC is doing good. Looks like The Voice still has power!

  • Michael

    Wow, LA Complex up to a .4 for the first time!!!!

  • Billy

    Very good for The Voice rising from last week but it will drop next week with DWTS and CBS comedies premiering.

  • RyanCanada

    I thought the Revolution was well done, i passed on the voice last night,

  • KarenM

    TMD’s DOA. That’s what Fox gets for cancelling TN. It only needed retooling.

  • Billy

    FOX is in for a long, long season. Big trouble for that network.

  • halloween

    good for a 10pm for Revolution, probably drop at least 25% next week

  • Sam

    NBC haters?
    The Voice haters?
    Britney fans?
    FOX supporters?

    Where you at?

  • Clarke

    As expected , The Mob Doctor bombed. Fox is in for a bumpy season. I enjoyed Bones last night, but I think the show will end after this season. It is the only show on Fox I watch so when it’s over I’ll probably be done with them.

  • Tony

    WOW at NBC. The Voice rose! Wow. But Revolution premiered Very Well!!! I wonder how it will hold up. It was very underwhelming for me but the ending was interesting and I don’t watch Castle or Hawaii 5-0 so Mondays 10 pm is an open slot for me. So it will deinitely stay as a season pass on my DVR. Let’s see how it holds up.

    The Mob Doctor DOA follows my prediction as it will be the first show cancelled.

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