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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  • Matt

    Revolution is sooooo having the “OUAT Effect.” Last season, the first five epps of OUAT started with a 4.1, and ended with a 3.0, then finally shooted back up to a 3.4.

    Dont asky me why everyone is saying ABC spinned their Mondya press release. ABC IS the most watched monday network, and Castle DOES ALWAYS dominate the 10PM hour in viewers. It is also the most watched scripted series of the night. No spin whatsoever?!

  • Jordan

    Revolution was amazing last nite! Made my day to see their ratings that high!! YEH!!!

  • Mark2

  • Networkman

    I really don’t not care for Paula Abdul on DWTS. IMO, she is simply not strong as a judge. She doesn’t say anything insightful. She also appears loopy, unenergetic. I would love to see Debbie Allen.

    I tired watching Revolution again and could not do more than 15 minutes before swtiching to Hawaii Five-O. Giancarlo Esposito is a strong actor but the material is weak.

  • Jon

    Wow, what happened to baseball? I guess nobody cares about America’s past time anymore. I bet when Fox’s current contract with MLB ends it will be their last. It will get shuffled off to TBS,TNT or the MLB network

  • that dude

    This is hilarious, NBC does good this whole place is meltdown. Classic and funny. “Revolution wouldn’t be anything without the Voice” Yeah, but did you also considered, Bones, House and Glee would be nothing if not prtected by American Idol all those years? Plus, hell if they didn’t protect shows, 21/2 Men and BBT wouldn’t be here because they were protected, by Everybody Loves Raymond. Hell NBC wouldn’t have had Friends without it being protected in its first season at 830. ER would have failed if Cosby never aired and if Seinfeld died. So many shows were protected, but NBC does it and its bad. HILAROUS, love this site when NBC does well. No one can take it

  • bluejays

    @Chris. Enough with the Castle hate!! It’s bordering on nuts. How is Revolution a bigger hit this early in the game? It’s too early to tell. And lets not forget that last season HFo was pulling Revolution demo’s with a lower lead in than Revolution gets now and Castle was getting some three’s too in the early season.

    Castle is actually holding up real well with a low lead in (demo wise) and I think it’s bump in ratings (compared to previous seasons with no DWTS which this may as well be now that DWTS is a total bomb) is due to its syndication.

    I’m not a Castle fan, I’ve seen a few eps, don’t hate it but really don’t love it. But it’s got a syndication deal and I expect Castle is one of those shows you’ll see on your TV in ten or twenty years time, like Starsky and Hutch or Star Trek or Murder she Wrote. Unlike Revolution.

  • hopespringseternal

    Neville’s weakness is his son Jason’s(Nate)fondness for Charlie(who can’t act and is soooo annoying)… Love Miles though. Also, it would be nice if Ben finally got away. I’m tired of the storyline. .. And TWELVE emulates? Really?
    Geez. Not so sure i want to keep watching.


    @ that dude

    Right, moreover these two types of comments for me are the funniest.

    1. Revolution did OK this week, but it will crash and burn next week.
    2. When The Voice’s blind auditions will be over Revolution will crash. (And now: When The Voice’s battle rounds will be over Revolution will crash.)

  • Max

    “but did you also considered, Bones, House and Glee would be nothing if not protected by American Idol all those years?”

    Not sure what you’re talking about here? This is the first season that Glee has aired after American Idol. Bones has changed timeslots more than it’s aired seasons and is definitely not dependent on a lead in. Don’t know much about House’s timeslots but it defo didn’t survive 8 years because it was ‘protected’ by AI.

    If you’re going to make a point, atleast make sure your supposed ‘facts’ are correct

  • MoHasanie

    @that dude

    You’re right. People are silly for criticizing shows like Revolution, and claiming they wouldn’t do well without The Voice. So many huge shows have been given huge lead in’s in their first season. TBBT was put behind HIMYM and TAAHM, and only then did it become a huge hit. People should only criticize shows, if they have bad retention from their lead in’s like Scandal.

  • Anthony

    Prediction: Partners will go a full season and then will be canceled by CBS then picked up by the CW to anchor their new comedy lineup for next season.

  • Holly


    This is the first season that Glee has aired after American Idol.

    No it isn’t. Glee aired after Idol in its first season.

  • Billy


    TBBT was not put behind HIMYM. It was quite the opposite. After TBBT’s first 8 episodes which it aired at 8:30 it swapped time slots with HIMYM and moved to 8:00 for 1 1/2 years at which time it then moved behind TAAHM at 9:30. It then became a huge hit.

  • Max


    ah yes, sorry, my bad.
    But still, Glee did not depend on AI in subsequent years and has built up a fanbase without the reliance of a lead in

  • GARY

    @Peter Ivanov

    Giancarlo Esposito was in 9 episodes of OUAT and Kim Raver was on 61 episodes of Grey’s

  • MoHasanie


    I think he meant, that the premiere of Glee was after Idol.
    Bones was put after Idol for a few years.
    House was after Idol in the spring for a few years.

  • BL

    HIMYM this season has been absolutely awful. Season 6 was one of my least favorite but this season has let me down a lot. The baby was one of the reasons why the show hasn’t been as funny as it used to be. Season 4 & 7 are my favorite. It should end this season to find out who the mother is.

    Partners seriously needs to get cancelled.

  • Jazmin

    how’s that Hawaii 5.0 has not been cancelled?? even the NBC has more viewers than them.

  • MoHasanie


    Oops, sorry. I wasn’t following the show back then, so I am not very sure of its time slot in the early seasons.

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