Is this a sign of the apocalypse? Believe it or not, NBC managed to launch a successful debut for its much-hyped Revolution. The J.J. Abrams drama nearly held most of its lead-in audience from The Voice, attracting almost 11.7 million viewers. As if that wasn’t enough good news for the peacock network, The Voice was actually up a million viewers from its season premiere last week. Has the network made a deal with the devil?

Just how impressive was Revolution‘s debut? It’s the highest rated drama debut in almost three years since ABC premiered V, and the highest for the network since Bionic Woman. That said, both those shows are no longer on the air ;) Compared to NBC’s preview of The New Normal last week, Revolution was up 39% and a gigantic 156% from the debut of The Playboy Club last year. NBC shouldn’t celebrate too much, Revolution did lose “power” during the second half of the show. Seems some people weren’t riveted and tuned out. That doesn’t bode well for next week’s episode or long-term future.


Over on FOX, the news wasn’t so great this morning. Bones‘ season premiere was down 30% from last season. Even more depressing, The Mob Doctor’s debut lost 2.7 million viewers from its lead-in audience, clocking in only 5.1 million eyeballs. The medical drama was down down 51% in the coveted 18-49 demo over Terra Nova’s series premiere last year.

Honestly, The Mob Doctor’s numbers don’t surprise me. I had no intention watching the show, but decided to give it a chance after Matt named it as one of the new shows he’s most looking forward to. Truth be told, I changed channels after five minutes and then finished the episode later when I had nothing else to watch. Definitely won’t be tuning back next week. The only positive thing from my viewing experience was learning that there’s a small possibility to impregnate a girl from ‘outercourse‘. Who knew?

Did you watch either Revolution or The Mob Doctor? If so, will you tune back next week to watch the second episode? As long as polar bears, black smoke or Jacob don’t pop up on Revolution, I’ll keep watching to discover why the entire world went off grid. That said, Abrams and company better not string me along for the entire season only to reveal some lame-ass reason. Don’t you agree? Sound off below.

Fall 2012 TV: Revolution or The Mob Doctor, Which Is Better?

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