'Revolution' Ratings vs. 'Smash' Ratings; The Trend Is Not 'Revolution's' Friend

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May 8th, 2013

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Following NBC's The Voice does wonders for a show's ratings. Unfortunately, every show can't follow The Voice, every episode, forever.

Last season, Smash followed The Voice, and did fine by NBC standards. This season, when it didn't air after The Voice, its ratings collapsed, and it was moved to Saturday to burn off its remaining episodes before cancellation.

This season, Revolution has followed The Voice on Monday for every single one of its episodes, and has done well by NBC standards.

However, its week to week ratings trend looks ominously like Smash's first season.

Wait until next season, indeed.

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  • Jason

    Dumb article and stupid click bait. We have no idea where NBC will schedule Revolution next year. We have no idea what its lead in will be. And since Revolution has always followed The Voice, we don’t know what its audience looks like without The Voice. And that doesn’t even account for the fact that Revolution does extremely well in L+3s. I’m not even a fan of the show, but this is just stupid.

  • ali

    For a site that always talks about how lead-ins are fan excuse bingo, this article violates that rule in so many ways….i guess you gotta generate traffic…

  • k:Alex

    I think Revolution will be around 1.3/4 if it get separated from the voice next season.
    Those ratings aren’t good, but a Saturday burn off seems unlikely,

  • Chuck_T

    My guess is that NBC will take what happened to SMASh to heart and continue to schedule REVOLUTION after THE VOICE.

  • Holly

    .i guess you gotta generate traffic

    TVBTN posts articles for two reasons 1) because it amuses Bill or Robert or 2) pageviews.

  • Cass

    @ali
    For a site that always talks about how lead-ins are fan excuse bingo, this article violates that rule in so many ways

    Well, they are fan excuse bingo. Bill’s not saying that Revolution will crash and burn like Smash, merely that it’s curious how close their season 1 ratings trajectories are. This site is literally only about ratings and their trends. If NBC knows that they have a potential Smash ver 2.0 on their hands, they should be wary of separating Revolution from its Voice lead-in without giving it a test run first.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “TVBTN posts articles for two reasons 1) because it amuses Bill or Robert or 2) pageviews.”

    Or the rare chance, like this, for both!

  • Oliver

    It’s hardly ‘stupid’ to compare two shows that aired in the exact same timeslot with the exact same competition only 12 months apart.

  • TJ

    This post seems more about the rating trend, which I had noticed long before this post. I’m sure if Revolution remained behind The Voice for the next three or four years, the retention rate would be unimportant to its renewal prospects, and that’s what I believe this site’s position has always been.

    HOWEVER, if it can’t maintain decent ratings away from The Voice, regardless of lead-in, as Smash could not, then it will most likely end up just like Smash did this season.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The Voice for the next three or four years, the retention rate would be unimportant to its renewal prospects, and that’s what I believe this site’s position has always been.”

    Yep. Retention is meaningless, ratings relative to the other scripted shows on the network is what matters (plus syndication situation). Those two factors can explain 90+% of the renewal decisions. The last 10% is where it gets tricky.

    “HOWEVER, if it can’t maintain decent ratings away from The Voice, regardless of lead-in, as Smash could not, then it will most likely end up just like Smash did this season.”

    That.

  • Kforce

    I love this. I cannot wait to see what happens when Revolution has it’s training wheels are taken off

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Revolution hasn’t gone down every single week. It has been on a downward trend all season, it has risen up and down a few times this year. Smash fell all but one week. I expect NBC to week it there all next year. Maybe a third season.

  • senor chang

    why is the graph so disjointed? Smash aired all 15 of its episodes without breaks if I remember correctly. it would have been easier just to compare them episode-to-episode.

    personally I think Revolution’s more of a Flashforward than a Smash, but maybe at this point Flashforward is good enough for NBC. even without the Voice lead-in.

  • Martin

    Finally, someone posts what I’ve been thinking for months.

    They can’t really leave Revolution where it is next season, it’s the biggest platform to launch a new show from.

    If Grimm goes back to Fridays next season, which I actually hope it does, I think Revolution should go Fridays at 8, genre shows seem to work on Fridays.

  • Tom

    That’s what makes reading industry comments so amusing. I’ve seen people call Revolution the season’s big drama hit; I doubt it beats Elementary without the lead-in.

    Hell, I’m not sure it beats Chicago Fire without the lead-in.

    Which makes its scheduling interesting to watch. I’ve been wondering if NBC moves it to Tuesdays @ 9 (once The Voice shrinks down), which would still give it a Voice lead-in while allowing NBC to use The Voice to promote new dramas on Mon & Tue @ 10. I’m not sure how many total episodes of Rev they could get in that way though.

  • TJ

    @Martin

    But how much more expensive is Revolution to produce than Grimm? Grimm’s special effects aren’t exactly bank-busting.

  • Derek

    The title isn’t misleading at all. Pretty much straightforward about what you’re about to read. Not sure why the first few posters chose to be so negative…

  • Alex

    Of course it’s destined to fail. I just hope they have that in mind when they’re writing the second season. I want some finality at the end of season two.

  • Samunto

    The fall half of Revolution did very well. Then came midseason and the storyline took a different direction and ratings dropped. I don’t see the ratings getting any better and it’s almost a sure bet that NBC will want to try sth different (more like that Spader Procedural or Sixth Gun) Mondays next season. NBC doesn’t have the luxury of having hits on every day of the week so don’t expect them to waste that lead-in on a failing show.

    It goes without saying that Revolution would plummet without The Voice.

  • Tom

    Those ratings for Smash are incorrect, please repost with an accurate graph if possible.

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