Monday ratings breakdown: NBC scores a win (really) and 'Partners' has a shaky start

revolution-partners-ratings.jpgThe first full night of the 2012-13 TV season packed a few surprises -- none bigger than the fact that NBC led all three hours of primetime in adults 18-49.

"The Voice" had performed fairly well against in-season competition the past two springs, so it was no surprise to see the show hold its own opposite the premiere of "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" on ABC and CBS' comedy debuts on Monday (Sept. 24). Less expected was seeing "Revolution" hold up relatively well against the premieres of two established shows, "Castle" and "Hawaii Five-0."

The NBC drama retained about 82 percent of its adults 18-49 rating from last week's premiere (3.4 vs. 4.1) and just under 80 percent of its total audience (9.2 million vs. 11.65 million last week). It beat both "Castle" (2.1) and "Five-0" (1.8) by sizable margins in the 18-49 demographic and also topped "Five-0" in viewers.

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NBC has had a couple of Monday-night dramas in recent seasons -- "The Event" and "Smash" -- that have started well but faded fast in the ratings. So far "Revolution" is trending ahead of either of them. "The Event" lost 22 percent of its 18-49 rating in week two, while "Smash" dropped by 26 percent in its second outing.

The other surprise was the (relative) softness of CBS' comedy lineup. No one was expecting a repeat of last season, when Ashton Kutcher's first episode of "Two and a Half Men" drew almost 28 million people. But returnees "How I Met Your Mother" (8.8 million viewers, 3.6 demo), "2 Broke Girls" (10.1 million, 3.7) and "Mike & Molly" (9.45 million, 3.1) all opened below their averages from last season.

New comedy "Partners," meanwhile, really struggled. In between "HIMYM" and "2 Broke Girls," it averaged about 6.6 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49.

"The Voice" also blunted the premiere of "DWTS: All-Stars." The opener was off by almost 5 million viewers (14.1 million vs. 19.03 million) and a point and a half in the 18-49 demo (2.5 vs. 4.0) compared to last fall's premiere.

FOX, meanwhile, saw "The Mob Doctor" fall a little more after its soft premiere last week. The new series managed only 3.85 million viewers a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, putting it in serious danger of an early demise. On the upside, "Bones" (7.6 million, 2.3) retained nearly all of its premiere audience.
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