We thought that NBC was going to retain att least some of their audience from “The Voice” and “Revolution” following last week; but who would have imagined that they would have still dominated the way they did despite all of the competition? It’s really pretty easy to see that the singing competition (with its 4.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic) and the J.J. Abrams drama (3.5, down form last week but still impressive) took a massive bite out of he rest of the competition. How much so? Let’s cross-compare a little bit, shall we?
For CBS, all of their comedies were down from when the much-hyped debut of Ashton Kutcher on “Two and a Half Men” inflated things out of control. Even with that, though, “How I Met Your Mother” should not have been impacted, and it launched with a 3.4 rating this year (down over a full point). Meanwhile, you may as well just call “Partners” dead now with a 2.4 that is terrible for CBS standards. “2 Broke Girls” had the best rating of the night for the network in a 3.7, while “Hawaii Five-0” took a huge hit from “Revolution” in plummeting down to a 1.9 compared to last year’s 3.4.
Meanwhile, not even All-Stars could give “Dancing with the Stars” a rating higher than a 2.7 (down from last fall’s 3.5). It was the most-watched program of the night with over 14 million viewers, but that should just tell you how old this show skews. Meanwhile, “Castle” was down to a 2.5.
Finally, “Bones” can at least take a little solace in that its 2.2 rating was pretty steady compared to last week. Meanwhile, “The Mob Doctor” will probably be gone from the schedule by the end of the World Series; its 1.3 rating makes it the top candidate to be the first show canceled.
Did anything surprise you at all about these numbers?