NBC Ratings Race: Is Revolution Still Doing Well?

Though Revolution’s ratings have come down quite a bit, the show’s in no danger of being cancelled. As you can see below, it’s easily the network’s top-rated scripted show.

Because many of NBC’s shows were doing so poorly over past few years, I guess it’s not surprising that the network’s top three shows are brand new this season.

It’s also not surprising that they directly benefit from having The Voice as a lead-in on Mondays and Tuesday nights. How would Revolution, Go On, and The New Normal do without The Voice? I’m sure we’ll find out at some point.

What do you think? Would the top three shows still be successes without The Voice? Which shows are you rooting for?

Here are the season averages as of Thursday, November 1, 2012:

NBC scripted TV shows 18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
Revolution 3.3 (3.33) 8.95 season 1 ratings
Go On 2.8 (2.77) 7.42 season 1 ratings
The New Normal 2.1 (2.09) 5.53 season 1 ratings
The Office (last season) 2.1 (2.08) 4.17 season 9 ratings
Law & Order: SVU 1.9 (1.87) 6.72 season 14 ratings
Parenthood 1.8 (1.83) 4.93 season 4 ratings
Chicago Fire 1.7 (1.70) 6.13 season 1 ratings
Parks and Recreation 1.7 (1.70) 3.42 season 5 ratings
Grimm 1.7 (1.68) 5.18 season 2 ratings
Guys with Kids 1.5 (1.45) 4.28 season 1 ratings
Up All Night 1.3 (1.32) 3.10 season 2 ratings
30 Rock (last season) 1.2 (1.24) 3.28 season 7 ratings
Animal Practice (cancelled) 1.2 (1.22) 4.22 season 1 ratings
NBC non-scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
The Voice (Fall, Mon) 4.6 (4.58) 12.62 cycle 3 ratings
The Voice (Fall, Tues) 4.3 (4.29) 11.89 cycle 3 ratings
Dateline (Fri) 1.3 (1.32) 4.66 season 22 ratings
Rock Center with Brian Williams 1.1 (1.09) 4.09 season 2 ratings

These charts incorporate the daily final NBC show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on a Friday or Saturday night.

For the status of your favorite NBC shows, check out this page.

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3 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Gen says

    I don’t get it. Revolution is terrible. TERRIBLE. It’s the worst show I’ve ever seen. And I mean this in a specific way – bad scifi is usually fun to watch because it’s so *hilariously* bad. Like Syfy’s Flash Gordon or Smallville or the new Beauty and the Beast. But Revolution is bad in a specifically offensive way. It’s so ludicrous but takes itself so seriously. And it’s like one long Tea Party recruitment ad with the stars of a toothpaste commercial.

  2. Kat says

    I don’t watch The Voice, but I watch Revolution. I know I should probably be grateful that The Voice has given Revolution a boost, but I can’t help thinking that it wouldn’t be needed if reality TV weren’t around unbalancing everything in the first place. I miss when scripted shows were king. Anyway, thanks for doing these articles; I find you ask the questions I want to know the answers to.

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