April 23, 2013

THE SKED: NBC Losing its “Revolution”

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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This morning, preliminary ratings had NBC’s REVOLUTION tying its series-low 2.2 rating.  But that turned out to be the good news.  When final numbers were released this afternoon, Revolution fell an unusually heavy 0.2 to a new low 2.0.  That put it behind ABC’s CASTLE for the night–and this was a Monday with a rerun HAWAII 5-0 on CBS, so competition was hardly fierce.  Revolution barely held on to 40% of its lead-in from THE VOICE (which rose 0.1 to 4.9 in the afternoon numbers), and it’s now at less than half its own 4.1 series premiere.

Despite all this, such is the state of NBC that Revolution remains the network’s highest-rated drama, so it will certainly be renewed for next season.  But the extremely difficult decision the Peacock will have to make in just a few weeks is whether to keep the show where it is, taking up the best lead-in the network has to offer, or accept that Revolution will likely be–let’s give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it’s not another Smash— a 1.5 or so show elsewhere on the schedule (still OK for NBC) and free up that hour in the hope that The Voice can bolster one of the fall’s stronger 1-hour pilots.


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."