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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  • thesnowleopard

    Ouch, DWTS. That’s not a great number for them. Okay, otherwise. Castle did well enough. I would have preferred the 2.7 some people were predicting, but 2.5 is downright stellar compared to H50’s 1.9. Yikes.

    I’m with Holly on any early Revolution renewals. These recent sci-fi shows always seem to do very well out of the gate, clock on pretty well for about half a dozen episodes, and then tank. If they don’t tank that soon, they tank when they come back from their first hiatus. Getting to the end of the season without tanking is the big accomplishment, not opening big after a ton of promotion. NBC would be wise to hold off until Revolution levels out (because, unlike commercial jets, sci-fi shows *can* pancake in a flat spin right into the ground). That said, if NBC were making wise decisions these days, it wouldn’t be in so much trouble.

  • fringewillget5seasons

    Is that HF0 number for real? OUCH that stings. Bad numbers all around really.

  • senor chang

    @John A
    A 3.0 is hardly “collapsing”. And EVERY 10PM drama drops off at the 10:30 mark because of the time/more breaks packed into the back half.
    Retaining ~85% of its premiere is very good for Revolution. Future weeks will paint a clearer picture, but many people already seem to be jumping to crucify it, it seems…

    The CBS numbers are shocking, to be honest. I never thought I’d see H50 sub-2, but…at least it has the syndication deal! Maybe it and the Mentalist will flip slots?

  • s0303

    yikes cbs…partners is a goner…could be h50’s last year if they don’t rebound…

    revolution held up better than i thought it would…i really want to like the show, but something seems a bit off…i’ll give it a few more weeks to find its stride…as long as it has the voice as its lead in, it shouldn’t go below a 2.5…

    voice held up really well with competition…

  • CrimTV

    I love The Voice and Revolution so i’m really happy for them dominating the night, but I really hope they don’t kill 2 Broke Girls! CBS’ ratings are a mess, 3.7 for 2BG, i expected higher and a 1.9 for Hawaii Five-0!! I didn’t expect Partners to do well, but only wanted it to succeed cause of Sophia Bush

  • s0303

    too bad about mob doctor, i actually like the show…it’s been better than revolution so far…

  • CMG

    Just a note, Monday Night Football also preempted ABC’s schedule in #34 Milwaukee. (Milwaukee is considered a home market for Green Bay, due partially to the fact that they used to play half of their home schedule in County Stadium.) This will have a more significant impact than a preemption in #69 Green Bay/Appleton.

  • concrete

    you guys are being waaaay too optimistic about the Voice imo. there’s only 1 week left for the blind audiitions ratings have dropped dramatically the past two seasons after that. 3 weeks from now, ratings will be in the 3s for the Voice. but NBC should enjoy it while it lasts.

    shaking up Monday’s comedy block was a huge mistake for CBS.

  • mesa

    I don’t think people were aware H50 was on last night, I sure wasn’t. Thought it was next week. (Bingo card I know)


    BTw Les Moonves should be freaking out IMO. CBS tanked last night. 2 Broke Girls should have moved to Thursday after BBT and Two and Half Men should have stayed. IMO 2 Broke Girls hasn’t developed that fanbase yet I mean it did well for its first night and Mike and Molly held on but these are very dissapointing numbers for usually CBS kills it. Hawaii 50 that is a very expensive show and those are horrid numbers.

  • Sammy01

    Given the half hours, would be nice to see Bones up a tick in finals and equal the 2.3 premier. Having said that I thought the premier ep was much stronger than last nights.

  • Holly


    Yes, that was noted in the red text at the beginning of the post.

  • JAA

    Castle will be adjusted down to a 2.4 but it means it didn’t dropped during the last half hour.

  • Scott M

    Pretty funny how people are picking on Revolution. You people realize that even if it dropped to a 2.0 it would still be ok. If you don’t believe me just look at the ratings of Smash last year with a Voice lead in. It averaged a 2.0 rating it’s last 7 episodes and got renewed. Shoot it’s second episode only got a 2.8 with a 6.0 lead in.

  • RJ

    Why is the word CONSIDERABLY down being used for The Voice? 9% is not considerably lower. Just lower.

  • Ram510

    And I can’t believe M&M was even able to get a 3.0. I figured it would tumble to a 2.7. It’ll eventually get there or lower, soon enough

  • KarenM

    IF NCIS crashes and burns also I’m going to be *very* worried about CBS. Nah, just because I don’t like it anymore I’m sure it’ll do well…

  • steve

    NBC would kill their own mothers to have that same exact ratings every Monday.

  • senor chang

    I really should agree, but something just feels good for The Voice this year. They ARE shaking up the format some…

  • Eridapo

    Bye bye Partners….

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