NBC's "Revolution" Is The Highest-Rated Network Disappointment in Years!

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NBC's "Revolution" Is The Highest-Rated Network Disappointment in Years!

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 18, 2012 | Comments ()


NBC's "Revolution," the post-apocalyptic drama from producer J.J. Abrams with a pilot directed by Jon Favreau, became the highest rated debut for a network drama in three years last night. That's any network (the last network drama to premiere with ratings that high was V on ABC). It was also the highest rated drama debut on NBC in five years, since Bionic Woman.

Where are V and Bionic Woman today? Exactly! Indeed, given how flat-out awful the "Revolution" pilot was last night, I suspect that the 11.4 million viewers who tuned in also sets a record for most disappointed viewers for a network drama since Terra Nova. It will be interesting to see, once "Hawaii Five-O" and "Castle" return next week if "Revolution" will also set a record for steepest second-week drop-off for the last three years.

Meanwhile, only 5 million people tuned in to be disappointed by the debut of Fox's "The Mob Doctor" (also bad), which is not quite Lone Star bad, but don't expect "Mob Doctor" to be around come November sweeps. It's definitely not going to fill the hole left by "House" on their schedule. The return of "Bones" last night, however, did have respectable numbers: 7.8 million tuned in, up 8 percent since the May finale.

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  • Devin McMusters


  • Kenny G.

    Any show that makes light of the Wrigley Field groundskeepers is just asking for trouble...

  • hapl0

    You leave Terra Nova alone! I tell you.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Right. Corpse-buggering is illegal.

  • Wembley

    One of the reviews of this I read said the lead actress (whatever her name is) could be "the next Hayden Panettiere." Is that a goal for any actress? To be Jailbait, have your career disappear when you turn legal age, and have to be an S&M Yacht girl for a couple of years til you get another chance?

  • Fredo

    The show isn't Abrams' or Favreau's. It's Eric Kripke's of Supernatural. And it feels like it.

    I'll give him a chance since he's shown he can take stock ideas and turn them into something interesting. But it's likely the first few weeks will be clunkers as they find their feet.

  • L.O.V.E.

    This show would be better if it did:
    1. A cross-promotion episode with Doomsday Preppers;
    2. Then added some zombies; and
    3. Then called the show The Walking Dead.

  • don’t expect “Mob Doctor” to be around come November sweeps.

    Poor Saracen. His agent needs to call Jason Katims and get him a guest role on "Parenthood"!

  • Nimue

    I totally watched it b/c of Matty and Jordana Spiro who was on the underrated My Boys. But, it wasn't good. And Matty Saracen wasn't good in it. By the end I was saying, wow I can't believe I just watched all of something called The Mob Doctor.

  • Groundloop

    Wait. I thought you loved Lone Star:


  • pajiba

    I DID love Lone Star. I just meant, the ratings weren't as bad (not the show itself. My mistake.

  • Groundloop


  • no one

    That is a great title for this piece. I have no interest in the show but it made me want to read.

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