How Will NBC's 'Revolution' Hold Up in Week #2? Is it the 'Falling Skies' of the Broadcast World?

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September 23rd, 2012

Revolution returns for its second episode Monday night on the first official day of the new TV season. That means there will be original scripted competition going up against it  on ABC (Castle) and CBS (Hawaii Five-0).  Show ratings typically go down after the premiere, and the increased competition isn't going to help matters any. But not so fast say the fan boys (and girls): the premiere of Revolution was available online before it aired on TV, the second episode isn't!

Not being the premiere plus facing increased competition strike me as much bigger factors than online availability, so I can't imagine it not going down at least a little. My guess is it drops to at least somewhere around a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating vs. the 4.1 adults 18-49 rating for the premiere. But calling a spade a spade, I was surprised it premiered as well as it did.

At this point I'm wondering whether Revolution turns out to be the Falling Skies of the broadcast network world. That is, a show that consistently draws mostly negative feedback in the comments, even though it's consistently the networks' highest-rated scripted show with young adults!

  • Agnes

    Episode 2 was a massive improvement on the pilot imho. I think the worse of the drop-off has happened now, and now it will steadily decline to 2.5 over the season (assuming it doesn’t jump the shark that quickly…)

  • senor chang

    Berman has the overnights in.

    NBC: Voice was really steady, Revolution down ~20%, but that was expected.
    CBS: Partners a flop (4.7 HH out of HIMYM’s 6.2), H50 down a LOT too (5.7 vs 8.2 for last year’s premiere…), but HIMYM/2BG/M&M all did respectfully.
    ABC: Dancing and Castle both down ~20-25% vs last year, but Dancing will easily win in viewers.
    FOX: Bones decent, The Mob Doctor is beyond resuscitation (2.7 HH out of Bones’ 5.1, down 27% from anemic premiere).

  • ToXiX

    I watched Revolution OnDemand before it premiered and liked it so much that I even watched it again when it officially premiered. Last nights episode was better than the pilot IMO.
    Based off the premise alone, I don’t see a 4-5 season series coming out of Revolution.
    But until its cancelled, I will continue to watch it because its been years since NBC impressed me with a series.

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