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.