TV Ratings Monday: 'Revolution' & 'The Voice' Down, 'The Mob Doctor' Goes Lower, 'DWTS' & Mike & Molly' Hit Premiere Lows + 'Partners' Series Premiere

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September 25th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.0/10 2.7/7 2.6/7 1.7/5 1.5/4 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.2/10 2.0/6 1.7/5 1.5/5 1.4/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.046 8.407 13.416 5.648 3.671 0.517


Note: Last night’s Monday Night Football game was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in Green Bay. 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, but ABC won with total viewers

On NBC, The Voice scored a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 4.7 18-49 rating. Your guesses about it being the highest-rated show of the night were still spot on though. Revolution garnered a 3.5, also down sharply from last week's  4.1 18-49 rating, though this is not an unexpected drop post premiere and NBC has to be pretty happy about it considering it faced original scripted competition on ABC & CBS this week. Your predictions were about right.

CBS' season premiere of How I Met Your Mother earned a 3.4, down from last season's 4.7 adults 18-49 premiere rating. The series premiere of Partners earned a  2.4 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of 2 Broke Girls earned a 3.7, down massively from last year's premiere, which earned a 7.1 adults 18-49 rating. However, it should be noted that 2 Broke Girls had the first Two and a Half Men that featured Ashton Kutcher instead of Charlie Sheen as a lead in last year.  That Two and a Half Men drew a whopping 10.7 adults 18-49 rating and helped last year’s premiere of 2 Broke Girls which was on at 9:30p. The premiere of Mike & Molly earned a 3.0 18-49 rating, down from last year's premiere, which earned a 4.8 adults 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-0 premiered to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating down from last year's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX,  Bones earned a 2.2, down a tenth from last week's 2.3 among adults 18-49. The Mob Doctor went even lower with a 1.3 after last week's 1.5 among adults 18-49.

On ABC, the premiere of Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars garnered a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, down from its 14th season premiere, which earned a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Castle earned a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down from its last season premiere, which earned a 3.2 18-49 rating. It's worth noting again that the ABC affiliate in Green Bay aired the Monday Night Football game in that market, so these numbers may be a tad inflated.

On The CW, The LA Complex  earned a 0.3. down from last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.  A second new episode at 9PM garnered a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday September 24, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.3  11 11.93
CBS How I Met your Mother 3.4 10 8.66
ABC Dancing With the Stars: All Stars (8-10PM) 2.7  7 14.58
FOX Bones 2.2 6 7.34
CW The LA Complex 0.3 1 0.65
8:30 PM CBS Partners -P 2.4 6 6.50
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.7 9 10.02
FOX The Mob Doctor 1.3 3 3.96
CW The LA Complex 0.2 0 0.38
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 3.0 7 9.31
10:00PM NBC Revolution 3.5 9 9.29
ABC Castle 2.5 6 11.38
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.9 4 7.97

Via NBC Press Note:
In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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  • Too Strong

    “2 Broke Girls did only 3 tenths better than How I Met Your Mother.”

    A little bit more viewers to pull from though to raise that demo plus Partners is on too early for the type of show that it is.

  • Billy

    @Too Strong

    The only place CBS is moving Partners is out. If the numbers don’t improve in the next week or two it will be off the schedule.

  • elliotness

    Judging by all these comments, i think TV by the numbers fans in general are not sports fans. Seems like less comments on football days.

  • MoHasanie

    @Too Strong

    Um, 9.30pm would be even more difficult than 8.30pm because that’s the half hour when The Voice and DWTS have the highest ratings.

  • Katie

    @Karen- Not last season of Hawaii wasn’t horrid, I actually thought it was a lot better than the first season. I don’t know what peoples issues are with that show. It’s a lot better than some of the other dramas that are on.

    @Anon- The premier in Hawaii unless you live there then most fans I’m sure wouldn’t know about that event. I didn’t and I haven’t been checking the show online. I only knew it was on because I saw one preview and I checked my listings.

  • Michelle

    @KarenM, IMO Lori (aka Bori) was the biggest mistake of H50 S2 and she’s long gone, so I hope fans who gave up will come back. Michelle Borth is a welcome regular as long as her character doesn’t take too much screen time from the main 4. I thought the premiere was well balanced in that regard.

  • Too Strong

    @ elliotness

    There’s a good amount of football fans on here, I’ve seen them in the past but this is a site where people talk about the shows on the broadcasters.

    I’m a football fan myself and I wasn’t planning on talking about that game today because there’s too many other sites that are either way too busy or crashing today because of all the traffic coming from that game last night. I came on here to get away from that.

  • Cmahone

    Revolution is a joke, if people LOVED this show , why did Terra Nova die?
    Revolution is an arm of Obama what would happen if Obama NOT re-elected..Guns outlawed; an Obamaesque figure in Giancarlo Espisito

  • Vance

    I think it’s embarassing that some people here believe that CBS should hold onto Partners. It won’t be long before the show dips below 2.0 (probably next week). There is no reason to keep it on the air when a repeat of TBBT will pull better numbers.

  • Dennis

    Nooooooooooooo! Five-0: 1.9??????? Only????

  • The Watcher

    Thanks for pointing that out.
    With the internet, all the Bozos who once sat around talking to themselves get to do it with an audience…us.

  • One


    WHY AMERICA!!!!!!! WHY DID YOU KILL IT, AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! urgOBAGOBAGOBAGO!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike

    @KarenM. I think Vegas has a great cast. But we will know soon. The article didn’t mention why Hawaii 50 was the least anticipated returning show but my guess is that it had to do with how the viewers felt about the finale.
    @alexjones. Well CBS cannot keep a show getting 1.9 demo on Mondays. Unforgettable is probably cheaper and female oriented. Or they can put Mentalist there, woman love Simon Baker.

  • getmilk

    LA Complex finale was AMAZING last night! I knew the ratings would drop due to all the fall premieres but don’t understand the huge drop for the 9pm episode?? It was the finale! Did everyone just assumed there was only 1 episode last night?

    I hope it gets a third season.

  • Nadine

    @Karen M
    How can the “writing” be the reason for H50 dropoff? The writing seemed to cause no problems in previous seasons, and this was the first episode–no time for a new low in writing to affect anything. Perhaps what you’re trying to say is that the audience for H50 was always quite soft and easy to dissuade. They were watching Voice, football or DWTS last night.

  • Anon

    @ Katie

    They pimped that event through their official Facebook page repeatedly in the days leading up to it. The fans of the show knew last night was premiere night; they just chose not to watch live.

  • eridapo


    H50 will make a comeback…

  • StuckInTheRootSellerWithRoots


    “Revolution is a joke, if people LOVED this show , why did Terra Nova die?
    Revolution is an arm of Obama what would happen if Obama NOT re-elected..Guns outlawed; an Obamaesque figure in Giancarlo Espisito”

    I don’t even know…

  • Petar Ivanov

    I think right now ALL big 4 networks are in some shock and is like waiting game. Or let’s say poker game. Nobody doesn’t make move and watch other moves. I think FEAR is in their heads now… how will premiere other shows. As one true young Yoda i will say:

    ‘Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you.’

    In iur case in THEM.

  • Cmahone

    I believe there is manipulation going on, I know that they usually wait for 3 days worth of DVR’s to compile TRUE ratings

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