TV Ratings Monday: 'Revolution' Soars, 'The Voice' Steady, 'Castle' & 'Dancing With the Stars' Down, '90210' Up

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October 16th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.3/11 2.6/7 2.1/5 1.5/4 1.3/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share x x x x x
Total Viewers (million) 11.467 8.232 12.602 3.690 4.753 0.915


Note: Last night’s Monday Night Football game (Chargers/Broncos) was simulcast on the CBS affiliate in San Diego. As a result, the CBS numbers may be a bit inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

NBC was number one with adults 18-49, while ABC won with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice scored a 4.8 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Revolution garnered a 3.4 up 13% from last week's 3.0 among adults 18-49. This was a rare care of your predictions being way too pessimistic.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother earned a 3.2, up from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Partners scored a 2.1 up from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. 2 Broke Girls garnered a 3.3, down from last week's 3.4 among adults 18-49. Mike & Molly notched a 3.0 up from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Hawaii Five-0 scored a 2.0, up from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Ratings for CBS may be inflated due to local NFL coverage so there is not much point to making comparisons until the finals are released this afternoon.

On ABC,  Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars garnered a 2.1 down 5% from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Castle earned a 2.0 down 9% from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, MLB Baseball Playoffs scored a preliminary 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, but will definitely be adjusted in the finals.

On The CW, 90210 earned a 0.6 among adults 18-49, up 50% from a 0.4 for last week's season premiere. Gossip Girl garnered a 0.4 matching the season premieres' 0.4 last week.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, October 15, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.8/12 11.02
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.2/9 8.08
ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-10PM) 2.1/5 12.44
FOX MLB Baseball (8-11PM) 1.3/3 4.75
CW 90210 0.6/2 1.07
8:30 CBS Partners 2.1/6 6.209
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.3/8 9.21
CW Gossip Girl 0.4/1 0.76
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.0/7 9.025
10:00 NBC Revolution 3.4/9 8.82
ABC Castle 2.0/5 10.87
CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.0/5 8.44

Via NBC Press Note:


In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

*             In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/6.

*             In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

*             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" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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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.

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  • Andrea

    @ Michelle

    You make a very good point. I think it’s interesting to look at shows this year vs. last year ratings. But at this point I think it’s a little unfair. The market is different and many people have switched to other forms of watching television shows. Eventaully Neilsen and the ratings system will be forced to adapt to such changes.

  • DKD

    Baaa! said: “Revolution is NBC’s Castle!”

    …except that Revolution builds another 66% of its same day audience in the Live + 7 ratings. So, how is a show people DVR that much reliant on its lead-in?

  • josh

    Revolution success is The Voice success.
    Will they move it from Monday in let the Voice launch another show next year.

  • Chris

    @Andrea–Nielsen exists for ad-supported television networks to monetize their ratings. They do this by providing advertisers with data that convinces them they can get large numbers of people watching their ads if they buy time during certain shows.

    Nielsen isn’t here to tell us how many people watch a given show. It’s certainly not here to try and keep low-rated shows you like on the air. It’s here to tell us how many people watch the COMMERCIALS.

    So its methodology can only change so much. Other forms of watching television allow people to avoid commercials for the most part, making them irrelevant to Nielsen’s function in the industry. Like them or not, commercials are what pays for all the television out there that isn’t on HBO, Showtime, etc. So the viewers who watch these shows during their regular timeslots count for much more than the others, and they should count for more, because they are the ones ‘paying’ for the shows to be made.

    Sure, they can run to the kitchen for a snack during the commercials, take a bathroom break, etc–but Nielsen can’t track that. And shouldn’t be able to, I hope we can agree. :)

  • Mike

    Very happy for Revolution . The thing with this show is that each new episode is better than the previous one, the cast is strong and the plot is getting more interesting each week.
    Hawaii should had done better, same demo as Castle, but very different lead in. So Castle did better.

  • Mike

    Yay for revolution….

    CBS really needs to move Hawaii five 0 behind: NCIS LA… I’m sure it will pull way better ratings than Vegas

  • eridapo

    Looking at Revolutions numbers a little more carefully,,,

    Last weeks 3.0 demo had 8.01M viewers which means that 3.38M of those viewers were in the demo. This week the demo is 3.4 and 8.82M viewers. Translating demo to viewers 3.83M viewers were in the demo.

    Of the 800k additional viewers for Revolution nearly 450K were in the 18-49 demo (56% of those viewers were demo viewers).

    Looking at the demo viewer to total viewer ratio for the last for weeks,

    3.83/9.2 (41.6%) 3.60/8.32(43.3%) 3.38/8.01 (42.2%) 3.83/8.82 (43.4%). Good ratio to have….

  • Baaa!

    DKD-You act like I mean that in a bad way. Castle has five seasons for ABC without the online/DVR viewing like it is today when it started. It retained decent % of its large lead-ins ratings in a 10pm slot rose when its lead-in remained steady. Now if Revolution can rise when its lead-in drops or pull acceptable 10pm ratings when it does not have that lead-in then it will be a solid show like Castle has been for sure. looking good for it so far.

  • eridapo

    What is really surprising with those numbers is that Revolution beat all the CBS comedies. Even if it is adjusted down a tenth, Revolution will have tied 2BG.

    I’m really surprised it did this well..

  • Andrea

    @ Chris

    I just meant that networks will have to take into account online viewing of shows, which do include commercials. Like, watching on the ABC/NBC/CBS video player.

  • Phill

    R-E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N !!!!

  • Chris

    The Broadcast Networks don’t need Nielsen to tell them how many people use their own On-Demand services–they can access that data themselves, directly. But because they don’t allow viewers to fast-forward (as the basic cablers do for their On-Demand services), I really doubt that would add much to the totals. Otherwise they’d be talking it up. It isn’t relevant to the discussion.

  • Chris

    Revolution is already a far bigger success than Castle ever has been. Castle is a failure that keeps eking out renewals, year after year. :D

  • Richard Steven Hack

    This was probably the best Revolution episode to date. Unfortunately the size of the bomb was utterly disproportionate to the blast and probably would have been lucky to derail the train had it exploded on the train.

    Worse, the actions of the principles were utterly stupid for most of the episode.

    And the Esposito reveal that he used to be a more timid guy and has now turned into a sadist wasn’t terribly interesting (although his acting is very good.)

    I still don’t think Revolution is going to hold up. And the reveal that there are TWELVE of those pendants adds to my belief that the writers really have no clue at this point how to resolve the cause of the blackout, as it seems with that number of pendants that they intend to drag it out for four seasons (which they won’t get.)

  • Baaa!

    Chris-Happy you have been pissed off for five seasons now.Syndication. Books.DVD sales. I’ve been in a good mood myself.Happy for NBC and Revolution. Hope it lasts as long and is just as solid.

  • Jon

    Revolution is garbage

  • Danny

    Revolution rises due to the Voice again? wow! once the Voice Battle Rounds are over with look for the Revolution to fall..Castle will own Mondays..

  • Danny

    Chris, just be patient man! you’ll get your wish in a couple seasons when the Castle story finally ends. Just let it be for now, only a couple more seasons buddy……then you can focus on another show to demonize.

  • Hmm

    @ Chris

    Because 10 millions viwers over steady over 5 seasons is a failure. Just because you don’t like it does not mean it’s a failure. And there are a lot of things that go on behind that scenes that help/hurt a shows chances for renewal.

  • Danny

    the fact that Castle makes 1.5 million per episode in syndication means its making ABC money. The fact that Castle’s DVD sales are through the roof and its book sales are amazing makes money for ABC. The fact that Castle has the highest online viewing percentage and crazy DVR playback numbers is amazing. a 2.0 live with a crappy lead in, and a 1.9 being the lowest live number in 5 seasons? wow! its quite successful. Revolution is just a temp thing, dont get too excited, the story line is already moving too fast, season 2 there wouldn’t be anything left to tell.

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