The Revolution will be televised — and it will be sampled well.
Leading out of an amplified The Voice (which with 13.4 million total viewers and a 4.6 demo rating was up 9 percent week-to-week) and admittedly facing little competition, NBC’s post-apocalyptic drama drew 11.7 million samplers while netting a 4.1 rating, making it the highest-rated network drama debut in three years (since ABC’s V) and the Peacock’s best drama premiere in five years (since, oof, Bionic Woman).
NBC also notes that Revolution commanded the best demo rating for any episode of any 10 pm network drama since a January 2010 installment of Private Practice.
Some NBC drama premiere numbers for comparison:
* Smash: 11.4 mil, 3.8 (Monday at 10)
* The Playboy Club: 5 mil, 1.6 (Monday at 10)
* Grimm: 6.5 mil, 2.1 (Friday at 9)
Among Monday’s other fresh fare, Bones returned to an audience of 7.8 million viewers and scored a 2.3 demo rating, up 8 and 21 percent from its May finale though down some from its Monday time slot premiere in April. The Mob Doctor series premiere led out of that with 5 million viewers and a 1.5 rating, demonstrating just 65 percent retention.
Some Fox drama premiere numbers for comparison:
* House final season: 9.8 mil, 3.9
* Alcatraz: 10 mil, 3.3
* Terra Nova: 9.1 mil, 3.1
What were you tuned into this Monday night? Next week: Dancing With the Stars, CBS’ sitcoms, Castle and Hawaii Five-0 return.