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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  • Sarah


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

    That’s why I’m so bummed about this week.

  • Holly


    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.

    You said that like every other network wouldn’t do the exact same thing.

  • Dan S

    I haven’t seen Mob Dr yet but I have to admit that could be the 1st seasons casualty. I was too optimistic with my guess for MD but underestimated my guess for Revolution. I was thinking 3.5 but expect it to probably get around 3.0 next week. For those who I’ve talked to & seen RVN they love it so I think it has staying power.

  • Cerebro

    Solid numbers for the Revolution premiere. NBC should be happy with those results. However, there was no competition, this week. Next week, will be the real test when it goes up against the season premieres of Hawaii Five-0 and Castle.

  • cc

    @s0303 lol I do agree about Simon.

    4s for NBC. Really surprising. I’ll be even more surprised to see how long they remain.

    Good to see the CMAs, whatever it was this time, have low numbers.

  • OMG

    NBC is on a roll. Looked like all the promotion and hype during the Olympics really helped! For Revolution, it is anyone’s guess. It may be able to retain substantial amounts from the premiere like Once Upon A Time, or go the way of The Event, FlashForward, and V which premiered REALLY well at 5.2, but were at low 2s at the end of the first season.



    NBC wins Sundays until FB is done

    Liking your logic w/ dramas, though. Here’s hoping they’re the next big thing.

  • Coacoav

    All the former JERICHO lovers were watching Revolution last night.
    Let’s see what happens next week with some competition. With a hugh
    lead in I would expect nothing less then 4.1 for the first episode.
    The twets seem to not pay any attention to the first boring 50 mins of
    the show and have only focused on the final 10 mins “Did they get it”.

  • Heradite

    FOX deserves this for cancelling Firefly! Revenge at last.

  • BrieK

    What?! Eating crow…

  • Networkman

    I don’t feel The Mob Doctor was promoted well. FOX had an ok Summer with all the Gordon Ramsey cooking shows. More people should of been exposed to The Mob Doctor. It should of had a sneak preview after Hell’s Kitchen or Masterchef. The Mob Doctor reminds me of The Chicago Code. It was another drama that was entertaining, had a great intriguing story with excellent acting and had a very short life on FOX.


    I can’t believe the Voice grew out of its premiere. When did that happen. IMO its because the coaches are better than ever, better contestants than season 2 and maybe it beating the X Factor brought it so attention and edge. NBC made the smartest decision doing that Wednesday against the X Factor. Maybe people sampled the X Factor and clicked between the Voice and you can tell what is the much better show. NBC is rocking with the Voice. IMO it will go down next week as it faces DWTS. Why doesn’t NBC shift the Voice to Wednesday-Thursday? Is it too late to make a scheduling move like that? This way it can compete head to head with X Factor and destroy it. Simon Cowell is an employee of NBC as he is part of AGT. Great for the Voice. I can’t believe how much it rose each half hour.

    The Revolution ended up doing very well. This is all good news for NBC. NBC needs as much good news as possible.

  • Alex

    All the former JERICHO lovers were watching Revolution last night.

    All six of them…?

  • Petar Ivanov

    lol lol lol lol lol Revolution BEAT Once premiere last season. Once was 3.9 i think.

    I was SURE!!! Next ONCE UPON A TIME and #2 NEW DRAMA for the year after CBS Elementary. Now i hope and 666 park ave. to premiere big.

    Congratulation to ALL Eric Kripke fans. They are so many in this site. This hard-working, smart guy deserve it. His fans too. Still not respect him enough, still not sure he can be great showrunner(as good as Damon Lindelof) and develope storyline right. But you just can’t give him great applause for original idea. So litle new ideas for dramas these days. Its all cop and legal shows. And medical shows. Again the great idea is HIS NOT JJ Abrams. In Today show Abrams show so much respect to Kripke and i was impress. In Jimmy Fallon show too. All the time he was saying his name.(Unfortunately, the leading.the hosts i guess even don’t know who he is) One of Hollywood titans, Emmy and golden award winner to be so nice with almmost unknown writer. Full antipode with Simon Cowell. And usually here in europe stereotype is that british are more well educated and modest and americans more rude and arrogant. Sorry but that is stereotype in europe for USA again sorry but is true.

    In the end as deadline said in May NEVER BET AGAINST SCI FI KING JJ ABRAMS!!!

  • capslocke

    I’m trying to contain my excitement for NBC right now (what can I say, I love an underdog), but I have to remember that The Event also premiered high, although not this high. A better example might be Flash Forward, which premiered to a 4.1, too, and fellllllll. So I’m cautiously optimistic, but the half hours don’t help.

    The Voice on the other hand is showing that its semi- low premiere was just a fluke, probably caused by FOX’s cooking show finales competition. The Voice is back!

  • Callie

    I actually watched Revolution last night–for me nothing was on– next week H5O and Castle –Revolution and Castle on the DVR—H5O LIVE!

  • Networkman

    Revolution was really rather lame. In my opinion, V was stronger and more enjoyable.

  • Samunto

    I had to rub my eyes and read those numbers for Revolution severally! Very very happy for NBC. Atleast people have given the network a chance and sampled their show. Ofcourse it remains to be seen how it does as from next week but Mondays at 10 are pretty much soft. I really wish it works. Watched the pilot online but didn’t excite me as much as i had hoped. Waiting for ep 2. Yay for The Voice!!!

    I knew FOX Mondays and esp Mob Doctor would bomb!

  • alexjones

    good start for revolution, but shows have premiered big and declined rapidly before, we’ll see where if goes from here.


    @ Petar Ivanov

    Let’s see how Kripke & Fallon look in May 2013

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