September 25, 2012


A good start for the Peacock.

NBC:  Regular season competition dented but didn’t break the Monday line-up.  THE VOICE was the highest rated show of the night at 4.3, more than 50% higher than the Dancing With the Stars premiere and handily beating the CBS sitcom slate.  REVOLUTION, while down 15% from its launch, dominated its hour with a 3.5 (although since the show started at 10:01 and included a minute of The Voice, that number may come down a bit).

CBS:  Apples-to-apples comparisons with last season’s premieres don’t work because of last year’s massively hyped start of the Ashton Kutcher era on 2 1/2 Men, which held strongly for the first few weeks.  However, the numbers last night were very soft.  HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER at 3.4 was well behind NBC, and PARTNERS showed very little promise, dropping more than 30% from its lead-in to a 2.4.  2 BROKE GIRLS was adequate but not exciting with a 3.7, and MIKE & MOLLY lost 20% of that lead-in with 3.0.  Worst of all was HAWAII 5-0, in 3rd place at 10PM with a dismal 1.9.  So much for the CBS Monday juggernaut…

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS got no traction from its “all-star” premise, falling 20% from last year’s disappointing premiere to 2.7 (and that number will probably come down once football preemptions are calculated out).  CASTLE held fairly well (at least until the post-football recount) at 2.5.

FOX:  BONES stayed at its so-so level, down an insignificant 0.1 despite the new competition at 2.2.  But THE MOB DOCTOR, which had no room to fall, slipped to a 1.3 and probably isn’t long for the Monday night schedule.

CW:  THE LA COMPLEX departed as it had rated all along, with 0.3/0.2 for its 2 hour finale.

The beat goes on tonight, with premieres of VEGAS on CBS and BEN & KATE and THE MINDY PROJECT on FOX, along with season premieres of NEW GIRL (including a “bonus” 8PM episode to launch Ben & Kate), PRIVATE PRACTICE and the NCIS duo.

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."