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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  • maya

    good for the voice

  • Ultima

    NBC played dirty against the x factor. Adding another episode on Wednesdays only made NBC turned a villain.

    Networks counter-program all the time…

    NBC probably thought that The X Factor would actually be up and were trying to protect America’s Got Talent. Even with The X Factor being down, AGT’s finale was still way down (3.8, 3.6 last season to 2.9, 2.4 this season).

  • tvwatcher

    @Petar, come on. You can not siriously claim that lost needed a few episodes before the fans got into it. After the first episode people went crazy over it.

  • were123

    I liked The Mob Doctor! It’s a shame that it’s a DOA. I guess that, if The Following can’t premiere earlier, then Touch will be replacing it. The only chance the show has is that it swaps with Touch to Fridays, but even then I can see it going reeaally down

  • Konami Master


    All guns have an expiration date if not maintained, and the same with bullets.
    And not every single human knows how to maintain a gun.

    For example, someone fires a gun, it leaves residue, which entails cleaning. Not all people know this, let alone take apart a gun. Plus like all things not disturbed and are getting weathered like a gun lying around for years, isn’t probably and for the most part going to work properly. Thus all the crossbows.


    Looks like Revolutio is getting some serious traffic here!

    Way to go R&B.

    Boreanaz–you’ve been a ratings “bully” since BVS-Angel & Bones!



    I liked Mob Doctor, too. But then I also liked Workin It, Lone Star & A Gifted Man & where’d that get them?

  • Mike


    HAhAH get a life.. HAHAHAH

  • Ultima

    The only chance the show has is that it swaps with Touch to Fridays, but even then I can see it going reeaally down

    That typically only happens in the spring, when benches are empty. Fall bombs usually just get pulled.

    In this case, FOX has both a replacement drama which hasn’t premiered and can be moved (Touch), as well as an established show ready to go to replace the replacement (Kitchen Nightmares).

  • Ultima

    @The Old Man
    But then I also liked Workin It, Lone Star & A Gifted Man & where’d that get them?

    Hey, A Gifted Man made it all the way until March! It’s unfair to group it with the pulled after two episodes failures. :)

  • Brandon


    You liked Work It? Please leave the internet.

  • Emily

    wow revolution! although great numbers, my immediate thought is, a lot of one season wonder premiere big and then plumit, interesting to see how it goes next week with castle and H50

    (just a thought, since fox rarely prgrams in the 10pm hour, would that in anyway hurt the mob doctors number? because for no competition 1.5 is well, not good)

  • Brandon


    Fox doesn’t program 10pm. It just doesn’t happen. They’ve done it before in very rare circumstances (there was a Sunday in January 2010 where they had an NFL/Human Target premiere/2 hour 24 premiere pile up that pushed them to 10pm. But if you’re asking if Mob Doctor might move to 10pm, the answer is 500% no.

  • danny94

    Wow shocked how well Revolution did, The real test will be next week

  • Penny

    Well done The L.A. Complex, it’s a great show.

  • Patricia

    I Love Bones is really the best Show ever!!!!

  • sarah nz

    I blame it all one the Voice !
    (and my inexperience in the world of ratings) lol

    Well done to it – did not think it would get to a 4 – and it got 4.6 !

    My picks were:

    Bones 2.3 – preliminary 2.3
    Spot on, yah me

    Mob Doctor 1.9 – preliminary 1.5
    Wow knew it would be bad but not that bad
    Lost this one, but Mob Doctor being my choice of 1st to be bear dinner is on track imo.

    Revolution 2.9 – preliminary 4.1
    Hands up to being surprised, was thinking most people would have watched online.. a lesson learned.
    Had a great leadin from the Voice…. and little competition, as others have said – the real test is next week with Castle and H5O
    Fairly sure it will drop (next week) maybe to the 2.9 (?) but many might be like me and giving it 1 more chance to improve the writing, etc.

  • Gomer0

    Networks don’t care about you because you are probably not in heir demos. Even CBS turned on you! Can you please start watching Fringe so they can cancel that faster.

  • julianne

    Bones did second best in their time slot against the Voice which has a similar audience to American Idol. Considering the fact that they had virtually no promotional support from FOX network that’s pretty good. If you watch the commercials during the show you’ll see tons of car commercials that brings in big bucks. They have a lot of high profile money backing them. They don’t seem to have lost any of their selling power. I looked at both Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide special editions for the new fall season and they are barely mentioned while shows like New Girl hav e full page spreads advertising their premieres. FOX takes Bones’ following for granted as they barely promote the show and keep moving its time slot. Try doing that with any other show and watch them retain their ratings. It won’t happen. I think that FOX makes a lot of money showing Bones because they save money on promotion for the show and rake in the bucks with advertising during that hour of programming. Don’t be fooled by supposed ratings, there is a hidden agenda to network programming. Don’t forget also that many people DVR the show and watch it online as well, they keep track of these audiences as well.

  • Kristopher

    Question is how long it will be until Revolution is down in the low 2’s. Not long is my guess.

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