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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  • melbye

    And Gossip Girl still has to many viewer

  • KarenM

    There’s really no “must see TV” anymore. Thursday’s still the best.

  • Trey

    A 3.4 what the hell is going on? This must be a mistake.

  • John_M

    Is H50 done? I know I’m done with DWTS.

    Yes, I mean sure it’s presold into syndication, but CBS doesn’t really want that money,

  • eridapo

    Thanks everyone for letting me know of the mistake…

  • Skylar

    Didn’t 90210 adjust up to 0.5 last week?

  • Ultima

    Is H50 done?

    No, there’s virtually no chance it doesn’t get renewed for a fourth season.


    @ Petar Ivanov

    Have to agree with r0ckmypants on this one. How exactly did TWD help RVN when they are on different nights on different networks


    Missed the big red for CBS, so strike comments as such (until the finals)

  • Petar Ivanov

    Last night’s Revolution was the first episode that actually got me excited. Giancarlo Esposito is a MASTER and Kim Raver as his wife is genius. Looking forward to next week

    Next week are stupid politics. Kim Raver is guest star or with regular role?

  • sweetd

    Who would have thought Revolution would do better at 10 PM on NBC than How I Met Your Mother is doing at 8PM on CBS.

  • Tabitha

    Eat that Revolution haters :)

  • Andrea

    HF0 has a big lead in, it’s to bad it drops so much in the demo. All of CBS will adjust down though.

    ABC just skews old on Monday. They have to be somewhat pleased with Castle since it’s holds onto to almost all of the crap DWTS lead in. I find it interesting that Castle is down in the demo but increased it’s total number of viewers.

  • MoHasanie


    Well, that’s debatable. If you have good comedies that fit well together in one line up, than all the shows in the line up do slightly better. Like, last year, HIMYM was pulling 4’s, and every show after it was pulling high ratings as well. The pairing of HIMYM and 2BG pushed up HIMYM’s ratings, and made the whole night do well. It also held up TAAHM’s ratings.
    Similarly, on ABC Wednesday’s, The Middle was pulling high 2’s, and it made a good pair with Suburgatory, which then gave a good lead in for Modern Family.

  • Ryan N

    How can The Voice still get those numbers? I’m impressed
    Good for RVN !

  • Clarke

    DWTS should be cancelled or just reduced to one cycle a year. I never saw the appeal of the show and I think people have substituted it with The Voice for their monday reality show fix. A 2.1 isn’t terrible but it is also not great, ABC needs a new reality hit ASAP.

    Partners will most likely adjust down below a 2.0 rating. One of the most unfunny comedies to ever land such a cushy time slot – and completely bomb.

  • John_M

    Missed the big red for CBS, so strike comments as such (until the finals)

    And the inevitable adjustment down of Revolution because we all know The Voice ran over – we’re going to ignore that?

  • James

    If eridapo’s half hours are right, then The Voice’s total viewers should be 12.79m not the 11.02m reported above.

  • israelCD

    @bluejay72 -Sweetie without X-FACTOR, Britney still can top the charts and has a successful career ! What about XTINTA? Yeah…She…Just…Doesn’t…

  • OMG

    This is great news for Revolution!

    I personally have not gotten into it (only watched two episodes as exams are coming up), but at least I think there will be a hit here. Though I think the momentum will really be hurt by the one week break.

    Last year’s OUAT got a 4.0, 3.9, 3.8, 3.8 then took a one week break and fell to 3.4. (Of course this year it fell much faster, but I suspect because the first two weeks consist of more casual viewers.

    Regardless, NBC has gotten itself a hit! At least this may reverse the trend of “high concept” shows dying on broadcast.

  • MAx

    @John_M bitter much?

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