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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  • Hubert

    Gott in Himmel, CBS ;o

  • Brian J

    NBC has to be pretty damn happy. Some drop off was likely regardless, but given the competition from season premieres, it still did very well.

    If “The Voice” can actually increase in the coming weeks, which wouldn’t be all that surprising, it’ll give “Revolution” a nice bump. And as long as “Revolution” stays more or less where it is, this has to be a huge victory for the network. I could be mistaken, but even after some drop off, it’s showing better ratings than virtually any of its dramas, new or old, did last year.

    I should also give some credit to CBS. It’s only week one, but the sky didn’t fall with its Monday night change up.

    I’m very curious to see how NBC does tonight. If “The Voice” and “Go On” stay steady, the improvement in its lineup is really something.

  • Billy

    2BG did okay, but it needs more seasoning to be a CBS Monday anchor. BBT would have put up a 5.5 in that time slot last night. 2BG is not ready to anchor the entire night for CBS.

  • Dan

    Revolution will get a full season beating Castle and Hawaii 5-0.

    The Mob Doctor should get cancelled today.

    While Partners seems DOA, its possible that it might get 16 episodes, though I’m being optimistic. CBS as usual has Rules waiting in the wings.

  • Tom

    The NFL game was also on ABC in the Milwaukee market (I watched it!), so expect DWTS to lose two tenths. Which is not a good number.

    Mob Doctor DOA, Partners not getting a lot of leash as their clearly worst comedy, Revolution holding up well (and taking a bite out of H50) – not a lot of surprises here.

  • Kyle

    @Brian J

    CBS CAN’T be happy at all. They are down over 25% from their NORMAL Monday nights. H50 BELOW a 2 and a hefty drop off from last season and HIMYM is down from a 4+ last season. Also Partners is DOA.

  • Billy

    @Brian J

    Umm, CBS put up a 2.7 for the night. The worst original Monday night this side of Charlie Sheen. A 2.7 is awful for CBS Monday.

  • rob60990

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

    WRONG. The last half hour of DWTS pulled a 2.8.

  • Holly


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

    Considering recent history with this type of show, I think NBC would be wise to wait a couple more weeks before committing to a back 9.

  • Sarah

    Yay Bones! :) All things considered.

  • ATXCountry

    Way to go How I Met Your Mother – in a much more competitive time slot, it stayed in second place.

  • Billy

    It is going to be a long year for DWTS. The reality genre is slowly drying up.

  • Sam

    LOL how the article tries to make it seem like “The Voice” tumbled. What is this website’s issue with NBC honestly?

    “The Voice” still scored STRONGER than it’s SEASON PREMIERE against a full slate of new episodes on other networks unlike two weeks ago, and you guys have the headline reading “The Voice” tumbles? Is Simon Cowell a webmaster here?

  • Burr

    what happened to H50? great episode!

  • Alex

    NBC relatively stable week-on-week. The Voice down by 0.4 and Revolution down by 0.6 – Revolution much stronger than I thought it would be. Although does anyone know if there was a Voice over run last night? Revolution’s half hours of 3.7 and 3.2 aren’t all that pretty if not.

    I’ll refrain from discussing ABC too much until we see final figures. That’s not a good start for Dancing with the Stars though. Not a good start at all.

    CBS’ Monday gamble doesn’t appear to have worked. Mike & Molly down and Hawaii Five-0 way down. The 8PM hour doesn’t look especially healthy either although 2 Broke Girls did better than I’d expected. Will Thursday gains be enough to make up for Monday loses?

    Fox is exactly what you’d expect.

  • psychic

    I predict that Revolution will keep going down every week. As the ridiculousness mounts, so will the sharp decline of viewers who give a crap.
    Partners is dead in the water, and The Mob Doctor, ahem, should be expecting a knock on her door soon. (Can bears knock?)

  • jenn

    Um Rob60990 DWTS is on diff channel than H50

  • Pamela

    I’m not surprised at all about Revolution beating H50 since last season more people tuned out that tuned in watching the boring new girl on the show ( she was so snoozeville I cannot remember her name but do remembering not watching any of the eps except the last 2 after the idiots in charge finally realized adding her was an enormous mistake and tried fixing it but by that time viewership had steadily declined ) !!
    I recorded both Revolution and H50 to watch but easily expected to see Revolution overtake H50 based on the fiasco of last season.. Maybe H50 can regain some of what it lost but TPTB did not help this show last season ..

  • maya

    i like the voice i think it is good singing show only about talent,if it was’nt dancing with the star it may score 14 million, they need to add more fun to the show.

  • k:Alex

    Mabye this is the beginning of the Revolution to NBC?

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