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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Michelle

    Ok, I have a question. Do these preliminary ratings include DVR (same day) viewing? Or do those numbers appear in the daily final ratings? I read through the Numbers 101 and 102, but must have missed something. I think I read where advertisers do not really look at the dvr numbers, but I could not find anywhere that says the dvr numbers are included in these ratings? If anyone could answer this I would truly appreciate it. Thanks!

  • Mike


    IF revolution was enewed for 3 seasons of 22 -24 episodes vs 5 or 6 seasons of 13 episodes… what would really be the difference….

  • Theresa

    Hurray for Revolution. Could grow into a really interesting show.

    I don’t get 2 Broke Girls. How do they get the ratings they do? Who is watching? Acting is HORRIBLE. Plot line? For a supposed comedy – not funny. I try to watch it once or twice a season but the longest I could stand it was for about 3/4 of a show. I must be missing something. I missed the premiere of Partners but could it really worse than 2BG?

  • bob

    NBC Congrats. I eat crow. CBS I am terrified for you. What on Earth? Anyway if NCIS tanks tonight than it is seriously the end of the World….lol. What NBC needs to do ASAP is fix Thursday night because no matter how awful CBS did last night and maybe tonight. It will SLAUGHTER NBC on Thursday Night no ifs ands or buts about that fact.

  • Chris

    I don’t get people who don’t get 2BG. No, the writing isn’t Emmy-worthy (or even GoldenGlobe-worthy), but it’s a great concept, and the lead actresses are magic together. If they’d just get rid of Jennifer Coolidge’s character, I’d have nothing to complain about. Because it’s a SITCOM. Maybe half a dozen of them in all of TV history are anything more than entertainment, and obviously 2BG is entertaining a whole lot of people.

  • Theresa

    I guess that is why there is more than one show on every night.

  • sadgirl

    Kudos to Nbc…now maybe CBS will cancel that turkey show …H5O…it never did any good and the acting by the lead is the worse I have ever seen…

  • KS


    Do these preliminary ratings include DVR (same day) viewing?

    YES, they do. They also appear in the final ratings.

    I think I read where advertisers do not really look at the dvr numbers, but I could not find anywhere that says the dvr numbers are included in these ratings?

    There are three types of DVR numbers:

    1. Live + Same Day before 3 am
    2. Live + next 3 days
    3. Live + next 7 days

    Live viewers are obviously given utmost priority. Same day viewers get also counted and I think they are also given almost same priority as live viewers. Live + 3 Day viewers are taken into account, but are not given as much priority as Live and Same day viewers.

    Live + 7 day are NOT taken into account at all.


    Am I right? See, I am improving!! :)

  • Rebecca

    @Old Man
    Oh yeah, I’m watching TNN too…usually via streaming the next day or later in the week, but I do check it out. When all the shows are finally airing, it looks like Tuesday has the most on for me – busy night (3 networks here, too). This is partly why the kiddo has to go to bed before 7:30, so I can start watching the DVR via chase-play (our prime time shows start at 7)! lol And while we’ve been waiting for certain new shows/episodes to start we’ve been watching “Alias” on dvd…up to near the end of season 4 now.

  • Ultima

    Ok, I have a question. Do these preliminary ratings include DVR (same day) viewing?


    Preliminary ratings are Live+SD for a particular time period (e.g. 8:00-9:00). The final ratings are Live+SD for the actual shows.

    Sometimes shows start/end a minute or two late or are preempted in some markets. The final ratings take all of that into account.

  • eridapo


    The numbers reported here are live + Same Day DVR (before 3AM).

    Shows which aired at an earlier time usually do better than shows that aired at 10PM because people tend to watch a DVR show immediately after it airs. The later the show airs the more likely it is for the people to watch it the next day.

    If we go by Nielsen numbers,

    8PM shows gain about 6 to 7 tenths in Same Day DVR numbers, 9PM shows gain 4 to 5 tenths in Same Day DVR numbers, and 10PM shows only gain about 3 tenths.

    I used to love when this site separated the numbers showing us what the live component was of the rating versus the same day DVR.

  • MoHasanie

    Wow, 500+ comments!


    2BG is really funny. Maybe you don’t find it funny, but many people do.


    Yeah I agree, but I’ve started to sort of like Jennifer Coolidge’s character since the S1 finale; before that, I hated her character.

  • Lucretia Lean Green

    Partners was Dreadful. The producers should have just done a Will & Grace spin off. Partners has to be the worst cast show of the new season…not a bright spot in the group.

  • eridapo

    Sorry @KS, meant for @Michelle

  • Michelle

    Thank you KS and Ultima :)

  • bluejays

    @Bill Gorman

    But if numbers were that low then couldn’t the HFO syndication deal be in danger? Surely there would have been ratings parameters built into it?

  • Slam

    Too Strong, for giving any form of compliment to “Partners” should ban you from watching tv ever again.

  • Slam

    Vegas will tank tonight. Boring as hell.

  • Linda E.

    Too bad about the HF-0 premiere. It was a good episode and deserved better numbers. You can’t always blame lead-ins, but maybe CBS will switch back to what they had last season.
    HF-0 will survive. Sad to see the Alex bashers are back, though. His performance in last nights’ episode was great.
    @bigbrotherfan: Alex O’Loughlin doesn’t need to carry the show. There are three other members on the team who do very well. With comments like
    yours, you’re dissing them too.

  • StuckInTheRootSellerWithRoots

    Imagine what the comments section would look like if there were actually any good shows on!

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