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‘Revolution’ Returns To Mixed Results

However, audiences are sticking around for the NBC drama


Things have gone from bad to worse for NBC, but at least not when it comes to their new drama “Revolution.”

Despite a months-long hiatus in the middle of a story concept audiences are still trying to get comfortable with, “Revolution” returned pretty much with the same audience it left with. Monday’s episode scored a 4.3 rating/7 share, according to Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co, mostly in-line with its November airings before the hiatus.

However, the show is still down 17 percent from its pre-hiatus average, and down almost as much from the mid-season finale.

“Revolution” did get a healthy boost from “The Voice,” which went off the air and returned on the same exact special as the lights-out drama. The second hour of “The Voice,” a singing competition focused on sound more than presentation, earned an 8.2/12, up 9 percent from its average in the fall.

Even with a smaller audience than the first half of the season, “Revolution” is by far beating all the other shows that tried the time slot including “Grimm” (3.0/5), “Deception” (2.5/4), “The New Normal” (4.6/7) and “Take It All” (2.7/4). Yet it’s still behind its competition that includes “Castle” on ABC and “Hawaii Five-0” on CBS, which is averaging a 6.5/11 and 5.8/9 respectively.

There is still some concern that “Revolution” might suffer from the long mid-season hiatus, and next week will speak volumes on the fate of the show. However, even if there is a ratings drop-off, it is almost a given that NBC will renew “Revolution” for a second season.

Even before it returned, “Revolution” got good news at the beginning of the month when it became the genre’s highest-rated network program following an audience slippage of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” “Revolution” is leading “Once” by just 2 percent.

NBC has fallen back into fourth place for the season overall for the networks, but is continuing to do well on Mondays. Its 5.1/8 on Mondays is 4 percent better than the network did last year, mostly behind the strength of both “The Voice” and “Revolution.”

NBC is behind ABC (6.6/10) and CBS (5.8/9) on Mondays.

“Revolution” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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