/// The Lights Are Out and Everybody’s Home

September 18, 2012  |  Media Week

NBC on Monday night put up its biggest premiere numbers in recent memory, as its lights-out drama Revolution drew 11.7 million viewers and a 4.1 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demo. Per Nielsen preliminary ratings data, Revolution now stands as NBC’s strongest series launch in five years. On Sept. 26, 2007, Bionic Woman bowed to 13.9 million viewers and a 4.9 in the dollar demo. (Lest anyone put too much stock in the comparison, it’s worth noting that the reboot was yanked after eight episodes, closing with an anemic 5.93 million viewers and a 2.1 rating.) The early results for Revolution are encouraging, as they underscore NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt’s strategy of positioning Sunday and Mondays as the network’s twin anchor nights. The mantra: Success in the early part of the week should lead to stronger performance on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Revolution got a nice boost from lead-in The Voice , which averaged 13.4 million viewers and a 4.6 in the demo, marking a 10 percent improvement from the season premiere and making it the most-watched installment of the show’s third cycle. All that being said, there was some slippage in the half-hour results. After averaging



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