‘Revolution’ sets ratings record for NBC following strong numbers for ‘The Voice’

By Daniel S Levine,

NBC has gotten off to a strong start this TV season, thanks to The Voice and now Revolution, the new series from J.J. Abrams. The post-apocalyptic series set a new ratings record for the network for a drama premiere by drawing over 10 million viewers.

According to HitFix, NBC came out on top with the most average viewers, drawing 12.79 million viewers and a 4.4 18-49 rating. The Voice got off to a great start with 12.76 million viewers for the first hour and nearly 14 million for the second. Overall, The Voice earned a 4.6 18-49 rating, a 10 percent jump from last week’s premiere.

Revolution probably did better than NBC could have expected. The hour-long drama about a world without power drew 11.65 million viewers and a 4.1 18-49 rating. That’s the best performance by a new drama since ABC’s V debuted in 2009 and the best drama premiere for NBC since 2007’s Bionic Woman. Unfortunately, both of those shows didn’t last very long and Revolution’s real test will be how many viewers it retains in week two.

Next week, the show will face the premiere of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 and ABC’s Castle, so holding on to those numbers will be tough.

Fox was far back with just 6.46 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating. Bones premiered with 7.82 million viewers and a 2.3 18-49 rating, while The Mob Doctor started with 5.09 million and a 1.5 rating.

ABC finished third with 6.22 million viewers and a 1.7 18-49 rating for its CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special. The numbers might be a little higher than they should be, since many markets carried ESPN’s football coverage.

CBS’ repeats averaged 4.53 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating.

The CW aired two episodes of The LA Complex, averaging 672,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating.

image: NBC



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