The Bachelor (2.3/5) was back for its 17th season last night with a two-hour premiere on ABC. Starring former Bachelorette suitor Sean Lowe, the search for love reality series dipped 4% from its season 16 …
There was encouraging news last night for modestly rated freshman CBS comedy Partners. As the CBS Monday lineup returned from a three-week break, Partners (2.1/5) was even with its most recent airing while all other CBS series were down. The hold may be enough to clinch the series a back episodic order. Partners is the only new fall series that launched early in the season not to get a script or episodic pickup. Of the other CBS shows last night, How I Met Your Mother (2.8/7) was down 13% from three weeks ago to a season low, 2 Broke Girls (3.3/8) was down a tenth to tie its series low, Mike & Molly (2.8/7) was down 7% and Hawaii Five-0 (2.0/5) was down 5%.
NBC once again topped the night in adults 18-49, though its fast nationals may be inflated because of an NFL pre-emption in New Orleans. The Voice (4.5/11) was down 6% from last week, while Revolution (2.9/8) was down a tenth to a series low.
The Voice made a successful transition from the blind auditions to the battle rounds with a 4.7/12 among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals last night, up a tenth from last Monday. Newly picked up Revolution (3.1/8) shed another tenth for its lowest-rated fast national to date. NBC won every hour of primetime to win the night in 18-49 and total viewers. This is the first time NBC has won the first three Mondays of the season in people meter history (since at least 1987).
We may have seen the last of Fox’s The Mob Doctor, at least for a while. The freshman dropped again last night to a 0.9/2 in 18-49, testing the limits on how low a show on a major network can go before being yanked. Mob Doctor as well as its lead-in, Bones (2.0/5, down a tenth), will be pre-empted for baseball for the next three weeks. It remains to be seen whether Mob Doctor comes back after that.
It is not a pretty picture looking at the fast national ratings this morning, with most of them painted in red — indicating week-to-week declines. The only show in the plus column was NBC’s The Voice (4.5/11), up 6% from its fast national last Monday. The Voice is about to face its biggest test next as its traditionally highly rated blind audition rounds are now over. Its lead-out last night, Revolution (3.2/8), was once again the dominant player at 10 PM but shed another 9% from last week’s fast national as it is yet to level off. However, the futuristic drama quickly established itself as a top DVR gainer, adding a 1.75 18-49 rating in Live+3 last week.
It’s time to sound the alarm for Fox’s freshman drama The Mob Doctor, which dropped to a 1.0/2 in its third airing. It matched the delivery of Fox’s fall 2010 drama Lone Star in its second and final outing before the network pulled it from the schedule. At 8 PM, Bones (2.1/6) was down 9% from last week.
A week before the official start of the season, we have the first big debut of fall 2012. It goes to NBC’s Revolution, the network’s first big scripted premiere in quite awhile. JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke’s post-apocalyptic drama opened with a 4.1/11 in adults 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers at 10 PM last night. In 18-49, Revolution was the top drama premiere on NBC in five years, since the ill-fated Bionic Woman in September 2007 (5.7); the top drama debut on any network in three years, since ABC’s V in October 2009 (5.2); and the highest-rated 10 PM premiere in five years, since ABC’s Big Shots in September 2007 (4.5). It eclipsed the debut of NBC’s Smash in the slot last season, which aired on the highly promoted night after the Super Bowl with a bigger lead-in from a Super Bowl-boosted The Voice. This is the highest-rated 10 PM drama telecast on any network in almost three years, since a January 2010 episode of ABC’s Private Practice. The only element of concern in Revolution’s big opening is the 14% drop-off between the first and the second half-hour, but this is an issue a lot of 10 PM shows face.
From 8-10 PM, The Voice (4.6/12) was up 12% from its fast national last week. Versus the comparable telecast last season, it was down 23%. NBC won the night in 18-49 (4.4/12) and total viewers (12.8 million).
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
At today’s TCA panel on Fox’s new drama series The Mob Doctor, show co-creators/executive producers Josh Berman and Rob Wright said they were looking to create in their lead character Dr. Grace Devlin a female lead akin to Breaking Bad’s Walter White, played by multiple Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. That is, someone seduced into a moral gray area. The inspiration for her character is Rob Feiber’s book Il Dottore, based on a real-life physician who came to treat such mob leaders as John Gotti and Carlos Gambino, they said. Although they had the idea for a mob doctor before becoming aware of the book, “it helped convince us that this could actually happen”, Wright said.
In the series, shot on location in Chicago, Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) plays a doctor torn between the physician’s Hippocratic Oath and her own family’s mob ties. The idea, the producers say, is to test her morality as much as possible. Wright called it a show for “highbrow and regular people too. It’s a re-imagining of Dr. Faustus, but also ER meets The Sopranos”.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Bones writer-producer Carla Kettner has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the two-year pact, she will join the studio’s new Fox drama series The Mob Doctor as an executive producer and will develop new projects. …
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