Move over, “Mike & Molly” (and the rest of the CBS Monday lineup) — a viewer revolution put ABC and NBC on top on the first official night of the new fall season.
We don’t mean to pick on “Mike & Molly” since the entire CBS Monday slate was vanquished Monday evening — falling victim primarily to ABC’s two-hour premiere of “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” and the season premiere of “Castle.”
But the big news Monday night: NBC came in second place, thanks to “The Voice” and the second episode of NBC’s new 10 p.m. Monday drama (9c) — “Revolution,” from producer/wunderkind J.J. Abrams. “Revolution” trounced “Hawaii Five-O” and emerged as NBC’s best-performing show in years in the time period.
The news was not good for CBS, which once upon a time was unbeatable on Monday nights with the likes of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Two and a Half Men” and other shows such as “The Big Bang Theory.” But “Raymond” is long gone, and “Big Bang” and “Two and a Half Men” have moved to Thursdays.
Monday night, the CBS lineup scored this way, according to Nielsen overnights: “How I Met Your Mother” at 8/7c, 8.661 million; the new “Partners” at 8:30/7:30c, 6.501 million viewers in its debut; “2 Broke Girls” at 9/8c, 10.023 million; “Mike & Molly” at 9:30/8:30c, 9.314 million; and “Hawaii Five-O” at 10/9c, 7.978 million. Of course, some other shows on the other networks — such as NBC’s Thursday comedies, for example — would kill for these kinds of numbers. Nevertheless, CBS averaged 8.407 million viewers on the night, finishing in third place — a position CBS is not accustomed to at all.
The big winner was ABC with the “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” premiere from 8 to 10 p.m. (7-9c) averaging 14.58 million viewers over its two hours — the night’s highest-rated show. Combined with “Castle” at 10/9c — 11.381 million — ABC averaged 13.514 million viewers on the night, to take the top spot on the season’s opening evening.
Second-place NBC, though, must have been the site of much champagne-cork popping on Tuesday morning as the network’s Monday average came in at 11.046 million, thanks to “The Voice” — 11.926 million from 8 to 10 (7-9c) — and “Revolution,” 9.287 million. The “Revolution” numbers represent a substantial improvement on the performances of the last three shows in that time period — “The Playboy Club,” the Brian Williams news show “Rock Center” and even “Smash” last winter.
Despite CBS’s apparent fall from the top spot on Monday night, there was one show that clocked in as, possibly, the biggest loser of the night. It was the premiere of “The Mob Doctor” on Fox, starring Jordana Spiro as a doctor in debt to the Chicago Outfit. Only 3.955 million tuned in for that one at 9/8c. That means this doctor might already be on life-support.