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.


NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Nadine

    Chill out, Peter — some people don’t like it.

  • ltown

    I cant wait until the other shows on the other networks premiere so this crappy NBC network can go back to being the loser every week haha. Especially the voice….I cannot wait to see it burn. the next two weeks cant come soon enough.

  • Petar Ivanov

    opssss i mean serialized with procedural elements and procedural with serialized elements.

  • Petar Ivanov


    I am Petar if you talking to me. ANd of course will be crazy otherwise. 350 million americans to watch one show. Even super bowl will be in trouble for that.

    One of the greatest artists of all time Bill Cosby said ones:

    I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

  • Ultima

    CW improving as networks

    Wait. What?

  • Slam

    Revolution following in the footsteps of Bionic Woman and V is not a good thing. Nor should it be.

  • Darklord

    They bet a lot with X-Factor. Thank God it didn’t start that well.

  • Slam

    Castle will probably play any hour of the day in syndication so it really is a lame argument that it can’t play at 8.

  • KS

    Premiere with over 10 million viewers means, people are still interested in sci-fi dramas and haven’t given up their hopes yet.

  • Mike


    I fell the same way about FOX if they spent as much money and time developing good shows they stuff like this wouldnt happen.. Im happy for NBC as long as they improve on the story of revolution and as long as they dont cancel Community…

  • Ultima

    Castle will probably play any hour of the day in syndication so it really is a lame argument that it can’t play at 8.

    All arguments that shows can’t air earlier are lame. No part of primetime is necessarily family oriented. Obviously, if the networks have family oriented programming, they air it earlier because that makes sense, but they don’t need to limit themselves at 8pm.

  • Ultima

    I fell the same way about FOX if they spent as much money and time developing good shows they stuff like this wouldnt happen


    That isn’t even remotely close to a sentence.

  • Mike


    you really must have nothing to do.. WHO THE F CARES

  • Bern

    Lol at FOX that’s what happen when you cancelled Terra Nova. Nice ratings for Revolution also great pilot.

  • Brandon

    Wow this is exciting! NBC is my favorite, maybe they have a shot this year!

  • Ultima

    you really must have nothing to do.. WHO THE F CARES

    I had fun mocking you. What did you get from posting nonsensical gibberish on the internet?

  • Babygate

    I want Revolution to succeed but other shows with great premiere numbers crashed and burned within one season. They have to keep the momentum and survive against next weeks premiers and I for one will be watching Castle live and catch Revolution on demand.
    Ouch for the Mob Doctor. I was actually going to check it out on demand but I’m not sure I will now. I don’t want to get invested if its going to get cancelled. The Chicago Code which was an excellent, excellent show got better numbers and still got cancelled.

  • Konami Master

    Don’t get me wrong I think for the most part NBC is a dud or a turd network, and you know what they say about turds, “You can’t polish turd.” But Revolution has me coming back for more next week.

  • Luu

    NBC played dirty against the x factor. Adding another episode on Wednesdays only made NBC turned a villain. I did not like. I hope the x factor increase its audience during the week, the season is the best of all. Britney is beautiful along with Demi, Simon and L.A.. Britney even sang. Britney singing will appear again tomorrow! kisses

  • Otto

    To enjoy Revolution you better not think too hard. Like, what happened to all the millions and millions of guns out there. And bullets? They don’t just disappear because there’s no electricity. There were guns and bullets way before there was electricity. There are more guns in Los Angeles than crossbows in the entire world. Yet, everyone seems to have a crossbow. And the only guns are muskets. Yes, you can manufacture bullets without electricity. Oh, and let’s not forget steam power…Trains, cars, factories…Was everyone so depressed about not being able to text their friends that they just gave up. My advice…Everyone who’s not in the militia, storm those twenty tents in the open field that are now controling you. The show is a joke.

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