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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  • Byron

    Weird how the LA Complex hits a series high (both in A18-49 and total viewers) with tougher competition. Nice Monday move, perhaps?

    People prolly thought that the 9 PM episode was a repeat.

  • Holly

    Excellent numbers for NBC. They have to be really happy with last night. Yes, they are unlikely to maintain these numbers against regular competition, but great numbers nonetheless.

    FOX is facing a rather difficult year. They really need some help in their drama development and need their comedies to do well enough to pick up the slack in the meantime.

  • RyanCanada

    also watched LA Complex, i think people must of thought episode 2 was a rerun because droped quite a bit, great episodes aswell.

  • Sam

    NBC did an amazing strategy last week scheduling “The Voice” against the X-Factor and Simon predicting it would hurt them. Instead, the complete opposite happened, The Voice came out the victor and the media had a field day, and now all that positive buzz that it beat The X-Factor has resulted in higher ratings!

  • Andrea

    I agree with the comments about Fox having a troubling season.

  • s0303

    4.1 is great, but i’m guessing 2.4 by end of season…it lost 0.6 in its second half hour and didn’t premiere much higher than smash…

  • Jake

    Revolution creator Eric Kripke previews S1 secrets & says that revealing WHY the power went off is not important http://insdr.co/SxAv1G

    WTF really?

  • Hubert

    Honestly, Revolution was the dumpest pilot I have seen in a long time. I mean, people could make it all with no electricity like a century ago, and now that it is gone, they live in small villages which DON’T COMMUNICATE at all? (And, if chicago was always only episode away, why didn’t they go there earlier?)
    Well, the worst of all was teen drama. A lot of teen drama. Uhg. Never see ya again, Revolution :) I really believed in you. I usually don’t want any show to bomb, but if this one will make it through the season… There will be only more such a stupid shows in the future.

  • Daley

    The Voice was amazing last night. Really enjoying it so far this season.

  • rob60990

    The Voice rising this week wasn’t any surprise. I even watched. It didn’t have any reality competition this week like it did last week.

    So is there going to be cheering for LA Complex hitting a .4?

  • CrimTV

    Never thought I would see a full night of 4’s for NBC for a long time!

  • ABC hater

    Revolution got a HUGE premiere. :O

  • Steve-A

    All you Terra Nova fans need to get over it.

  • Michael

    It could just be me, but Cee-Lo seems out of it this season. He doesn’t look remotely interested or invested this season with the contestants and the judges. He’s not fighting back, pitching himself, or socializing with the judges.

  • joss

    IF that stinky **** coulb pull this kinda number that means 666 & co. premieres shall be higher

  • Simon

    Finally, a great night for NBC! So long as Revolution continues to win the 10:00 PM slot it should be safe for at least a full season order

  • Bob S

    I’d be interested to see how much of a carryover from The Voice is responsible for the high ratings of Revolution. Are half hour numbers available yet? I’d be really impressed if they held onto a 4 rating in the second half hour of the show.

  • KarenM

    @Hubert, the teens scared me away also but also the writing. If shows focus on teens I’m out of there.

  • omabin

    I feel zero sorry for Fox after the way they handled Terra Nova. Super happy about Revolution.

    Also, the Voice did very good and Bones did okayish. It will typically not drop a lot from the premiere, so it should be fine, specially giving what else is going at Fox, I see it as the least of Fox’s problems.

  • Brian J

    Wow, go NBC. “Revolution” had a nice start, and the fact that “The Voice” was up in total viewers and the demo is huge.

    Let’s see what happens tonight.

    If it can stay strong Mondays and Tuesdays for the rest of the season, it’ll be back in a pretty strong position.

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