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.


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  • KarenM

    Revolution was a ripoff of Terra Nova and The Hunger Games.

  • eridapo

    Retentionista argument for Revolution

    The 9:30 portion of the Voice scored 14.1M viewers and a 5.0 in the demo. Revolution lost 1.7M and 6 tenths at 10PM, and by 10:30PM it was down another 1.3M and 6 tenths in the demo.

  • Steve-A

    @KarenM. Maybe so, but TN was way more expensive to produce. It didn’t get the viewership it needed to stay on the air. That’s the nature of the business. That show was more suited for premium cable. Fox bit of more than it could chew with that show. But it’s over and constantly bringing it up wont bring it back.

  • David

    Wait until next week when everything else returns and then we’ll see the old NBC numbers.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    The Voice rose because of the highly-anticipated sneak peek of Your Body, the new Xtina single! BOW TO THE ONLY QUEEN XTINA! Flopney who? and Xtina did have a #1 last year, it was Moves Like Jagger, Billboard counted it as a #1 for Xtina.

  • Kenny

    Okay who like me had The Mob Doctor as the first to be cancelled….I think we might WIN!!!

  • Justin121

    Can’t believe

    Voice up to a 4.6!!!!!

    REV opened to a 4.1!!!

    Mob Doc to a 1.5!!!

    Mob Doc is reeeeally good. Wish it survives.

    I didn’t like Rev but for NBC’s sake I wish it maintains +3.0 ratings.

    Isn’t this like the first time NBC wins a night of regular programming?

    4.1 for a drama is just wow… (and on NBC, no less). I’m happy for the drama genre.

    Bodes well for Nashville, 666 Park, Last Resort (which I think will break the ABC Thursday “curse”).

  • Alex

    The Voice up week-on-week so clearly the clash with The X Factor hasn’t done it any damage. We’ll see if we can say the same about The X Factor later in the week.

    A really fantastic start for Revolution. It needs to hold up now and I don’t hold out much hope of that. Stranger things have happened though.

    And I thought The Mob Doctor number was bad before but it gets worse when you release repeats of 2 Broke Girls beat in both half hours.

  • Alan

    Go LAC! I was expecting it to drop, but even with strong competition it had a new series high! And the second episode… maybe a lot of people thought it was a repeat.

  • Sarah

    Bones :(

  • Sarah

    The Mob Doctor was boring. I’m sure the show will fall next week.

  • s0303

    really happy for the voice…i don’t watch it, but anything that makes simon cowell this annoyed has to be good :)

  • Mon

    I think Bones did fine considering. (Castle would do worse at 8pm.) Though next week’s numbers should be bad.

  • ReallyTired

    NBC is finally out of the ashes.

  • Jimmy

    Holy crap I did not see this coming for NBC’s Revolution. If it keeps a 3.anything next week I see a full season order the following day. It was a good pilot, I’m giving it the standard 3 episode rule.

  • Paula

    Am I the only one getting a big laugh about NBC touting their “big” ratings on premieres – while everyone else is running repeats? Like leading a race after everyone else crashed. These people are just sad.

  • Ginger

    I thought it was 2003 when I saw the title: NBC was #1.

  • TimsDale4ever

    The musical festival bombed — hahahahahahahaha — so tired of the country music people having a concert broadcast adnauseam.

  • Jack

    I’m liking Mob Doctor

  • Hihi1212

    I hope mob doc gains momentum it was so much better than revolution even though I did enjoy it.

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