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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  • Richard Steven Hack

    Revolution was pretty hyped, I think. So I wouldn’t assume it will survive until we see how it goes over the next three to six episodes – like any other show, actually. Also, there was no competition from other action shows like Castle or Hawaii Five-O yet.

    I found the show underwhelming a week or so ago when I watched it offline. It had its moments, but overall the ridiculous premise is going to hold it back unless they deal with some of the ridiculousness of that premise. The ending scene indicates they may try, but until we see how they try, it’s up in the air.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Konami Master: “All guns have an expiration date if not maintained, and the same with bullets.”

    Hogwash. Out of 200 million firearms, literally millions would still be fully functional after fifteen years. If we were talking a hundred years, your argument might have merit.

    This show would be more realistic if it showed everyone carrying a dozen guns like in the Road Warrior movies…

  • Emily

    @ Brandon, ack, for some strange reason I red the mob doctor in the 10pm coloum,and was suprised, hence my wierd comment, thanks pointing out my mistake



    Wish I could help you on Fringe, but I’m a Grimm man all the way

    CBS hasn’t turned on me–I watch The Good Wife (my #1), H50 & Blue Bloods plus CBS does argue the demo stuff periodically

    I’m 59, so I still have a little time yet before I’m out to pasture for good

    Any other shows you want me to jinx, feel free–I’ll reach the demos thru you when I can help

  • Yoozer

    Well, if ‘Revolution’ is headed for the dizzying heights of ‘V’ and ‘Bionic Woman’ whose premiere numbers it almost matched, then look out stratosphere!!!

  • stiney20

    Bones did alright. Up from last season’s finale in the same slot, that’s a more important stat than comparing it to last season’s premiere. Remember THAT was on a Thursday after an extended wait. The week after last season’s premiere, the ratings dropped and then were pretty steady for the rest of the shortened season.

    The show will hold as much as a show in a season 8 can. It’s always been pretty steady. Whether it’s enough to justify a season 9 or not remains to be seen. For a show that’s been moved to different days of the week so many times, it’s still surviving nicely.

  • The Watcher

    @ RS HAck:
    Revolution has a “ridiculous” premise?
    Perhaps so, but how is it any sillier than Fringe, or Lost, or Star Trek, or Touch…the list goes on and on. One person’s “ridiculous” is another’s “creative”.
    It’s less ridiculous than Honey Boo Boo for sure. Or all those wedding dress ahows on TLC.

  • Konami Master

    @Richard Steven Hack

    I don’t think you read my whole statement, but anyway. I am sure some guns would work, and I never said all guns wouldn’t work. And clearly by watching Revolution there are guns.

    If its 15 or 100 years all guns need maintenance. Firearms launch projectiles with the pressure created by a rapidly burning propellant. The chemical byproducts of this reaction to the gun and build up with repeated firings. The projectiles, often composed of metal, travel through the barrel of the gun at high speeds, depositing particles that contribute to fouling.

    By fouling I mean, is the accumulation of unwanted material on solid surfaces to the detriment of function.

    So on; The accumulation of propellant residue, projectile particles, and environmental detritus can interfere with the mechanical function of the gun, contribute to mechanical wear, and promote oxidation and corrosion of the gun’s components. Entailing, With repeated firings, a thick layer of soot can quickly build inside the bore of the gun. The caustic and hygroscopic nature of the resulting soot can rapidly damage iron or steel parts.

    Not to mention lube, yes I said lube. Lubrication is as important, if not more so than cleaning. In order to keep your firearms from malfunctioning, proper lubrication is essential and proper oiling protects metal parts from corrosion as well.

    So you’re telling me everyone knows how to destruct a gun, clean it, oh yes and lube it as well? And these are just a few steps to helping a gun work properly.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    The Watcher: “Perhaps so, but how is it any sillier than Fringe, or Lost, or Star Trek, or Touch…”

    Fringe has its ridiculous moments, however it is intended as a pseudo-science show. Star Trek may or may not have been ridiculous depending on one’s view of where science might be hundreds of years from now. In my view, Star Trek was ridiculous only in how limited it viewed that progress to be…

    The problem with Revolution is its INTERNAL contradictions, as I and others have pointed out. And the premise – unless better explained in the course of the series – makes no sense because it at least appears to be too “broad”, i.e., ALL electricity does not work? If so, how has it been limited to not kill every living thing that has electricity in its organism?

    Konami Master: “And clearly by watching Revolution there are guns.”

    That’s one of the problems: some people are using modern firearms, the bulk are using muskets. Given the time frame involved, it’s ridiculous.

    “If its 15 or 100 years all guns need maintenance. Firearms launch projectiles with the pressure created by a rapidly burning propellant. The chemical byproducts of this reaction to the gun and build up with repeated firings.”

    And you can fire hundreds of rounds through a Glock and it will still function perfectly because it’s engineered to do so. Other firearms might not be so lucky, but it’s not rocket science how to clean one. It also depends on how often the weapon is fired before being cleaned and how long it is left in an uncleaned state.

    I am quite familiar with firearms. My father was an NRA Life Member, we had a fifty-foot firing range on our property as I grew up, and I’ve owned and followed the firearms industry all my life.

    And I stand by your statement being hogwash. After fifteen years, most firearms, especially if they have NOT been fired regularly – which would be the case, most likely – would remain fully functional. There might be some degradation of the primers in a certain percentage of cartridges depending on the quality of manufacture, which might lead to increased misfires when used, but otherwise the weapons would be fully functional.

    This would particularly apply to weapons manufactured to looser specifications than a Glock, such as the millions of AK-47’s in wide use all over the world. Those weapons have a reputation for being dumped in mud and subsequently being able to cycle and are used by guerrilla units and national armies everywhere with less than stellar reputations for maintenance.

    No, this is just an example of the writers trying to make a particular ambiance in their series to the detriment of common sense – which is how shows end up going into the toilet due to lack of suspension of disbelief. And when writers make these kinds of mistakes in designing their “universe”, it usually means their subsequent plot lines and character development will be just as bad.

  • Konami Master

    @Richard Steven Hack

    “If so, how has it been limited to not kill every living thing that has electricity in its organism?”

    You’re over thinking it, its a good assumption but not really. Lets say perchance a blackout happens, do all living things in the blackout radius blackout? No. And I lived in my fair share of blackouts and I don’t think I blacked out.

    Or if you remember the power outage on the east coast in 2003 or 2004, I don’t remember the year. Anyway, There was a major power outage that occurred, obviously it was some sort of electric power grid failure that caused it and know one died. In Revolution its dealing with a similar incident but on a massive scale.

  • Konami Master

    Not to mention that there still is power in Revolution, at the end of the episode she was typing on a computer to another unknown source.

  • AppleStinx

    Konami Master wrote: “…Lets say perchance a blackout happens, do all living things in the blackout radius blackout?”

    Well, a plane dropped out of the sky and crashed in someone’s backyard when the power went out. :grin:

  • Konami Master


    “Well, a plane dropped out of the sky and crashed in someone’s backyard when the power went out.”

    Richard Steven Hack:”If so, how has it been limited to not kill every living thing that has electricity in its organism?”

    lol, A plane is not a living organism.

  • Konami Master

    @Richard Steven Hack


    Seems like a lot of tools and work you would need for basic maintenance for a gun. Especially being in a post-apocalyptic world.

  • AppleStinx

    @Konami Master

    Good one. You caught me there. :smile:

  • The Watcher

    I expect a lot more explanation as Revolution progresses, but hard info will be doled out bit by bit. Sort of like Lost.

    As for the firearms, see above. Anyway, it seems to me that a lack of AMMUNITION is the main problem…a lot of rounds must have been fired during the years of strife. It’s pretty easy to make black powder and cast simple lead bullets for old-fashioned muskets and single-shot rifles, but ammo for your Glocks and the like would be very precious indeed.

    The main goal of a pilot episode has obviously been met, though-we’re talking about the show! As long as the writers don’t make it too juvenile, as happened with Terra Nova, we’ll give Revolution a chance.

  • AppleStinx

    Until next week I’ll be worried sick that the lady didn’t close or lock the door to the computer room behind her.

  • Jiji Moran

    About the woman having a room full of powered gadgets and working computer… that seems to be one of the mysteries the series will explore. Apparently there is a group of people who have insight-knowledge of why the world lost power, who is behind it, and how to get it back. It has to do with those who have the silver necklace ( the series couldn’t afford gold at almost $2,000 an ounce.)

  • AppleStinx

    I’d like to know how the lady’s message was transmitted, and in the way the reply came back so fast.

  • RG-X

    Okay – I saw a promo ad ON TUESDAY NITE that NBC claims 15 million viewers watched Monday nite when it’s 11.6 total as shown above – are they adding the total AND the demo together ? isn’t the demo included in the the total – CAN THEY DO THAT?

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