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NBC Has a Big Night in the Ratings -- Including a Landmark Debut for New Drama Series -- While New Fox Show Lays an Egg TVbytheNumbers

NBC had reason to cheer when the Nielsen overnights came in for Monday night, while execs at Fox probably had to lick their wounds.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the new NBC drama “Revolution” delivered a whopping 4.1 average rating in the key 18-49 demo for its premiere. It was the highest-rated drama premiere in three years, since ABC’s “V” scored a 5.2.

The “Revolution” premiere could go a long way to erase bad memories of the network’s “The Playboy Club,” which, by comparison (although it’s really no comparison), premiered with a feeble 1.6 in the 18-49 demo last season.

But “Revolution” wasn’t even NBC’s top show of the night, as a two-hour installment of “The Voice” came through with a 4.6 -- up 10% from the Monday premiere a week ago, and the show’s best number in a year and a half.

Over at Fox, the premiere of “The Mob Doctor” had to be a disappointment. The show pulled a mere 1.5 in viewers 18-49, nowhere close to the 3.1 delivered in the time slot by the two-hour series premiere of “Terra Nova” a year ago. The other bad news for Fox was a 2.3 for “Bones,” off 30% from the 3.3 for last season’s premiere -- although the previous premiere had a strong lead-in from “The X Factor.” Also worth noting, “Bones” was up 21% from the season finale back in May.

The main broadcast competition consisted of an all-repeat lineup on CBS and ABC’s three-hour telecast of “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” which delivered a modest 1.7 in the 18-49 demo.

For prime time overall, NBC was an easy winner with a 4.4 average rating in 18-49, followed by Fox (1.9), ABC (1.7), Univision (1.6) and CBS (1.3). NBC also coasted home No. 1 in total viewers with 12.8 million, followed by Fox (6.5 million), ABC (6.2 million), CBS (4.5 million) and Univision (3.8 million).