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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  • alim

    good for bones. wow at the voice and an impressive start at revolution. i dnt really care for mobdoctor i just hope that fox dont put the follwoing on midseason monday cos fox mondays is bad.

  • KarenM

    @Steve-A, TN was a huge hit compared to that crap TMD.

  • DW

    goodbye mob doctor. wouldn’t be surprised if revolution drops 40 % next week.

  • @fransfrank

    The X Factor is the best reality ever B!tches, The Voice is not a success by Christina
    Aguilera. As anyone can lift rating with 2
    million followers on twitter.

    Flop Your Body

  • Joshua

    So good to see NBC with great ratings!

  • Grey

    “Revolution” felt a lot like “Terra Nova” to me. It was good but not great. I don’t know if I’ll try to stick with it especially since “Castle” returns next week and frankly I don’t know if I should even try. Even with those very good ratings I don’t know if NBC will be patient with it once the season gets going properly. They have a bad track record in my book when it comes to allowing sci-fi/non-law/medical procedurals to find an audience.

  • Alysse

    Great start for Revolution. I’m sure that airing after The Voice helped, but regardless of where it aired, JJ Abrams has a fan base that will always tune in to check out his new shows. (That may be true of Eric Kripke too – not sure as I’m less familiar with his work.) I expect the ratings to drop in the coming weeks, but as others have said, if it stays in the 2s, it’ll be just fine on NBC.

  • Tom

    Again, The Event’s premiere was (IIRC) the second highest rated scripted hour for NBC that year (after only some Office wedding episode)… and that show was dead before the backorder episodes started airing. Revolution is getting a backorder, and that’s all we can say with any certainty.

    MD is DOA, with the only question being how many episodes it airs – 2, 3, or 4?

  • EatMorePez


    Nobody seems to care that why the zombie apocalypse happened was never explained on the Walking Dead. So why does Revolution have to explain why the blackout occurred?

  • Lisa

    Revolution was not very good to many rip offs in one episode. It needs better writing big time to draw me in. Don’t even get me started on the acting with the leads.

  • Kevin

    Thumbs up for NBC. The Voice and Revolution both deserve to be winners. Bones and Mob Doctor deserve to be losers. Hate to wonder if MOB DOCTOR won’t last that long and REVOLUTION is at war next week when CASTLE and HAWAII FIVE-O return for their new seasons. Round Three: Castle vs. H5O.

  • Hethler De Chavez

    Wow for Revolution. We’ll see on succeeding weeks if they can maintain that number, obviously, NOT! I love JJ but it’s an overrated show. Didn’t like the overall concept of the show…

  • KarenM

    Bring back TN and give Billy Burke a part in it. He was the best thing about Revolution.

  • PHIL

    Revoultion is the next Event, expect revoultion to be cancelled by the end of the season.

  • Tony ^_^

    I wonder how long before “Bones” falls to/below a 1.5…

  • eridapo

    Viewers and Halves.

    The Voice 12.222M 4.1 /13.301m 4.6/ 13.823m 4.8/ 14.105m 5.0
    Revolution 12.324M 4.4/ 10.976M 3.8/

    Bones 7.637m 2.2/ 8.001m 2.4
    The Mob Doctor 5.147m 1.5/ 5.041m 1.5

  • Chris

    Revolution does have one thing in its favor in the coming weeks.

    And that’s Castle.


  • Jake


    Because it was hyped up with everything going dark.
    Most people who tuned in expected to see a good fall out not Land Of The Lost 2.0 minus dinosaurs.

    It was rushed to me, and I think it would of been better if they build it up more. I can care less about these charters in there acting.

  • s0303

    i actually liked mob doctor better than revolution, so that sucks…revolution was pretty predictable with some cheesy moments thrown in…i’ll give it a few weeks more to see if it gets any better. i’m afraid revolution will be “the event” 2.0 and cancelled by seasons end…

  • Jay

    Oh man, I was so happy for the LA Complex until I saw the ratings for the second episode! I actually started watching the show based solely on the recommendations in the comments section of this site and I am hooked! For the CW, the writing and acting is amazing! Raquel is one of the best characters on television at the moment, no question…

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