And awayyyyy we go!
Bones (FOX, Mondays at 8pm ET)
7.34 million Overall Viewers
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo
As long as the ratings stick around here, there is absolutely no reason to write about Bones. These are its pretty standard ratings. They aren't great, but they're certainly good enough to get the show renewed, provided the makers want it to come back for another season.
Partners (CBS, Mondays at 8:30pm ET)
6.50 million Overall Viewers
2.4/6 in the 18-49 Demo
It comes as absolutely zero surprise to me that these are the premiere ratings for Partners. I was expecting something right around a 2.5, and it didn't disappoint. Do you know what 2.4 sitcom premiere ratings on CBS mean? If you don't, you'll learn something today. That means DOA. I'll most likely be adding this show to the list you don't want to be on, after I see next week's numbers.
2 Broke Girls (CBS, Mondays at 9pm ET)
10.02 million Overall Viewers
3.7/9 in the 18-49 Demo
Last season, 2 Broke Girls had an uphill ratings climb, and yet it did great all season long. Because of that, I knew it would do fine in its premiere. It was, in fact, the highest rated CBS episode all night. This show is steamrolling toward syndication.
The Mob Doctor (FOX, Mondays at 9pm ET)
3.96 million Overall Viewers
1.3/3 in the 18-49 Demo
Do you smell The Mob Doctor's ashes around you? If so, you are one of the few people still watching the show, from the tiny amount of people that decided to check the show out in the first place. There's not much more you can do with the ashes of this show. It's possible it will still be airing in this slot next week, but I'm almost positive it won't airing in that slot the following week.
Revolution (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)
9.29 million Overall Viewers
3.5/9 in the 18-49 Demo
There are a lot of haters of this show on the IMDb message boards. However, just like in response to all the haters of The Walking Dead, the ratings are the true king. Revolution is still an outright hit on NBC. I'm invested until we find out the conspiracy was caused by aliens. At that moment, I tune out. Since the show's probably not about aliens, I'm sure I'm in this for the long haul. The real question now becomes, "Where will the ratings stabilize?" I'm predicting they won't go much lower than this, unless there is some dumb plot twist.
Hawaii Five-O (CBS, Mondays at 10pm ET)
7.97 million Overall Viewers
1.9/4 in the 18-49 Demo
I had an ongoing discussion with the poster, HellJacket, at IMDb about the impact to the ratings that the scheduling of Revolution could have to the 10pm block. He doesn't think it will have any real effect, and he also doesn't think I could even make guesses that would be reasonably accurate, as the data just isn't available to back up my claims. Well, I predicted that one of the returning shows (Hawaii Five-O or Castle) was going to get hurt by Revolution's addition to the block, or that all three would be hurt. The first week's ratings are in, and it turns out that only one show was hurt by Revolution's addition, and that show is Hawaii Five-O. I think this will be adjusted up in the final ratings, but CBS is likely quite unhappy with this ratings development. The good news for Hawaii Five-O is that it will only be one full season away from syndication, after this season. This is the exact type of show that does well in syndication, so there's absolutely zero chance it will be canceled. If these ratings keep up, though, there's also no chance it will return to the lineup, next season, on Mondays.
Castle (ABC, Mondays at 10pm ET)
11.38 million Overall Viewers
2.5/6 in the 18-49 Demo
If there was a ratings surprise on Monday, it was that this show had such high premiere numbers. I don't watch the show, so my guess is that something big must have happened at the end of the previous season to cause this spike. For the last two seasons, we have seen Castle and Hawaii Five-O fighting for viewers, with Hawaii Five-O winning the 18-49 demo battle, and Castle winning the overall viewers battle. This week, Castle won the battle in both the 18-49 demo and overall viewers. Its 18-49 numbers didn't even drop that much from its DWTS lead in.
That was the first true night of the 2012-2013 TV season, and we are now officially off to the ratings races. Thanks for reading.