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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  • zerg

    a epic disaster..

    Parteners DOA,HF50 hurt badly by Revolution

    DWST all stars 2.7,Castle 2.5/2.3 from 3.3 last year

  • halaci

    Revolution has 4.7 18-49? It must be a typo, in the preliminary news ten minutes ago it was 3.5. Even this is great. Castle on the other side could not profit from the new turn, couldn’t brought back the audience lost in last season.

  • psychic

    Castle was mediocre last night, but at least I give enough of a crap to keep watching. Unlike Revolution and Hawaii 5-0 which have both officially earned a Stamp of Disapproval by me,

  • jelkie

    Castle came close to matching DWTS in the demo – amazing.

  • John_M

    I am shocked America actually likes a good show like Revolution, this is unprecedented.

    Hmmm…how many things are wrong in this sentence? I count at least 3 – can you find them?

  • Sky

    Is this really correct?

  • forg

    2BG’s 3.7 from a 2.4 lead is really good, says something that it has its own audience already. CBS needs to protect 2BG and have something competent at 8:30

  • Ike

    Are those 10 p.m. numbers correct? Really? 4.7 for Revolution and 1.9 for H50? That would be fascinating if it were true but I don’t think it’s possible. Somebody got something mixed up somewhere, or the headline wouldn’t say “tumble.”

  • BJ

    As for the Mob Doctor’s ratings, it dropped even worse. Bones stayed over 2.0, which could get another season even though the ratings haven’t been as good as they were in the first four seasons. I believe Touch would do well after Bones.

  • halaci

    Sorry, I double checked the Revolution number and in the meantime you’ve corrected it.

  • Jimmy

    Wow revolution held its own against all those premieres. I expect a full season order in 3…2…1…

  • Oliver

    CBS doesn’t even have any dramas in reserve to replace 5-0.

  • Data

    Well, then. Revolution may have tanked (which was expected, I guess) but it still did better than Smash in its second episode (which also aired behind The Voice). NBC should be very happy with those numbers.

    CBS on the other hand should think about moving Two And A Half Men back to monday’s. I’ll give Partners another week, two at the most.

  • psychic

    On a completely unrelated side note, when the heck does the Mentalist premiere? There have been next to no commercials here and the ones that do come on are few and far between and never say the date. :s

  • KarenM

    H50 had the weakest lead-in show and it showed in the ratings.

  • Jared K

    That is a terrible debut for Partners. Those are worse than How To Be A Gentleman numbers from last year Sure, HTBAG had a better lead-in thanks to The Big Bang Theory, but I don’t think that argument will impress the CBS schedulers too much. Even if it holds all of its audience next week, I give it two weeks max (Not that that I want it to get too weeks – the show looks horrifically bad.)

    While The Mob Doctor didn’t fall quite as much as I thought it would, it’s still dead as a doornail. It’ll be luck to make it to October.

    Revolution had a big drop, but NBC will absolutely take those numbers. They may not give it a quick pick-up after this, but I still think it’s in for a full season.

    Castle, solid and steady (great episode too). Hawaii Five-O is on the syndication track, so it’s fine for at least one more season, but still … ouch.

  • Dan

    Ouch for CBS. I knew partners would be weak. I was hoping for a 4.7 for 2 Broke Girls and Hawaii 5-0 is in danger NBC has really stepped their game up with new shows this season and I think this is only the beginning of ratings increases for them.

  • MattM


    How do you make a crybaby emoticon? I need it for this guy.

  • Sammy01

    Bones held up very very well. The show has such a core audience that watch it whenever it is and against seemingly any competition. Just a shame Fo has nothing strong enough to go with it on Monday night.

  • Chuck_T

    Revolution may have tumbled but it’s 3.5 performance and beating new eps of both Castle and H50 is pretty imperssive, still.

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