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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  • W

    Dancing with the Stars usually runs over by 1 to 2 minutes into 10 PM! Castle’s ratings will get adjusted down later this afternoon. These ratings do not seem correct! There will be major adjustments later in the day.

  • Nadine

    The Pack on MNF combined with DWTS have brought things back down, just a bit.

  • mesa

    @KS Considering LOST’s final 6th season episode garnered a 4.3 I’d say you are in the minority.

  • Eugenius

    Revolution it’s going to fall even lower.

    10:00 p.m.

    ABC – Castle (season premiere)
    Viewers: 11.83 million (#1), A18-49: 2.5/ 6 (#2)

    CBS – Hawaii Five-O (season premiere)
    Viewers: 8.27 million (#3), A18-49: 2.0/ 5 (#3)

    NBC – Revolution
    Viewers: 10.02 million (#2), A18-49: 3.7/10 (#1)


    10:30 p.m.

    ABC – Castle (season premiere)
    Viewers: 10.93 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#2)

    CBS – Hawaii Five-O (season premiere)
    Viewers: 7.67 million (#3), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#3)

    NBC – Revolution
    Viewers: 8.56 million (#2), A18-49: 3.2/ 9 (#1)

  • Douglas from Brazil


    Is possible NBC to finish in 2nd place this season in ratings behind CBS(which will be 1st place taking the SuperBowl advantage)and ahead of FOX and ABC which I think will probably tie for 3rd place?

  • bluejays

    Erm I think HFO is done for and thats as a big fan. I cannot believe those numbers. How the hell did that happen? A 1.9??? I can’t actually believe it!

  • JD

    Go NBC, you little rascals. And holy balls, a whole lot of old people watching DWTS to garner that kind of demo from almost 15 millions viewers…I hope it holds up okay on Tuesdays for Happy Endings’ sake.

  • KS


    I’d say you are in the minority.

    Yes, I know. I usually am in the minority almost all the time!!!

  • Bumblebee

    H5-0?!?! Seriously, increased competition from Revolution but a 1.9 and under 8 mill viewers is *terrible* for it. Decent premiere for Castle though as it will probably go down in the finals, it’s not that great but it had increased competition over last season’s premiere. Pretty good hold for Revolution, NBC will be thrilled, but lets wait a couple more weeks before we completely pop the champagne since it was still a fairly large drop off and genre shows have a nasty habit of carrying on sinking after a premiere.

    Great for The Voice, so-so for DWTS but good overall figures. CBS comedies are way down, Partners is DOA unsurprising given terrible reviews and promos.


    Damn the Voice did really well last night. I mean it practically did what it did during its premiere and it should go up in the finals. It was bound to be down from last week but there must be a good momentum. Did the X Factor IMO help the Voice so much? Its strange there is like a great buzz with the Voice. It had great demos the highest of the night and I mean to do practically the same numbers it did in premiere week against no competition is amazing. NBC putting the Voice on in the fall was a great decision and also putting it against the X Factor. I think it beating the X Factor was huge and I think it has a chance of beating with DWTS. The Voice is hot. The Revolution those are very good numbers for that show. NBC is probably going to renew it tommorow. Its the Heroes hit. Hey good news for NBC. I predict the Voice will beat DWTS in the first hour because its a long results show and most people will tune into DWTS toward the end. The Voice is HOT. Why is the Voice doing so well?

  • Ryan Schwartz

    CBS should have left 2.5 Men on Mondays and moved HIMYM to Thursdays where it could have kept its former 8pm companion, TBBT company and moved 2BG to 8.

    Like last season, Rules Of Engagement will return in mid-October. CBS can keep Partners where it is for a couple of weeks.

  • Ram510

    I can’t believe how low HIMYM started, but still respectable.

    I’m so happy Partners is a fail, cause it wasn’t funny and I hope this means Rules of Engagement can come back sooner

    Can’t wait to see The final numbers cause that’s gotta be the lowest start for DWTS

  • zerg


    actually, it did 5.8 18-49 :D

  • KarenM

    @bluejays, H50 sucked last year and most people must’ve found something else to watch!

    CBS shows are aging and the new shows aren’t all that good.

    Now I understand why cable shows when Emmys after watching H50 last night!

  • Jason

    Partmers Doa. So tired of all these new comides with gay people as the lead. What happened to just good fun comedy?
    Love BBT and most the others. But the new normal and partners is just not funny.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Common Anomaly, Huh? I never had any opinion about what would happen to LA Complex in Canada. I couldn’t care less.

    And as I’ve said all along, if the CW gets it cheaply enough they’ll keep airing it in the summer, but it will never air during the CW regular season. The CW still has summer programming on, their season now begins in early October.

  • DKD

    It worth remembering that DVR’s were probably working away last night. Some of that time-shifted viewing is going to be pushed into other days. I expect all three 10PM shows to have big bumps on a Live + 3 and Live + 7 day basis.

    I know I had time to watch Revolution, but had to delay Castle for another day.

    John A “So Revolution dropped to a 3.2 at 10.30 it probably fell below a 3.0 after that. Take away the voice lead in and Revolution would collapse.” The 3.2 is an average for the entire 10:30 to 11:00 half hour.

  • Justin121

    GREAT for NBC.

    Huge OUCH for CBS. Though they shoud’ve known Partners was a dud and 2BG wasn’t strong enough to fill the 2.5 Men shoes.

    1.9 for Hawaii 5-0 is just… non-CBS.

  • Andrea

    Yay Castle!! It held very steady from the DWTS lead in and the half hour mark didn’t change by much. Even though it was down it still had the highest number of vierwers for the time period. And I know it’s the demo that maters, but whatever.

    I’m VERY shocked at H50…

  • Max Vrany

    @Douglas, I don’t necessarily think NBC will finish second, but that second place spot is definitely in play.

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