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‘Revolution’ Has Highest Premiere on Network TV in Years; 11.7 Million Viewers

NBC’s Revolution was televised — and more than 10 million people watched, setting a ratings record for the network.

The latest J.J. Abrams-produced thriller about a post-electrical future delivered 11.7 million viewers and a very strong 4.1 rating in the adult demographic at 10 p.m. Monday night. Moreover, the second week of The Voice unexpected rose in the ratings — up a healthy 10 percent to lead the evening with 13.4 million viewers and a 4.6 in the demo.

Though Revolution was down a bit from its Voice opening act, a 4.1 is a great number this time slot — particularly on NBC. According to the network, this is the biggest broadcast TV drama premiere in three years on any network (since ABC’s V in 2009) and the biggest drama premiere on NBC in five years (since Bionic Woman in 2007).

The only bummer: Revolution dropped from a 4.4 in its first half hour to a 3.8 in its second half, suggesting a fair chunk of viewers switched off midway through. Usually when that happens a show’s second episode average rating is down a bit. Still, NBC would happily give this show a full season order if it was steadily pulling a 2.4 rating in this slot. It’s got a lot of wiggle room here. Let’s hope Revolution can creatively pull off the next several episodes (we haven’t seen the second hour yet). And, of course, next week Revolution will face CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 (last night was a repeat) and ABC’s Castle — gulp.

Metered Market Ratings for ‘Revolution’, Solid Start

NBC 8.5/13
Fox 4.6/ 7
ABC 3.8/ 6
CBS 3.3/ 5
CW 0.5/ 1


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 9/19/11
NBC: +136, Fox: +10, CW: -29, ABC and CBS: -69 each


The Voice (NBC), Revolution (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
The L.A. Complex (CW), The Mob Doctor (Fox)


Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy metered market (overnight) victory for NBC, which populated the evening with two-hours of The Voice and the series-premiere of drama Revolution, which was amply sampled. The second series launch of the evening, drama The Mob Wife on second-place Fox, fared considerably worse out of the season-premiere of Bones. Keep in mind that the year-ago evening was the official start of the new TV season, which had featured all original programming on ABC and CBS (resulting in the dramatic year-to-year losses for both nets).

The Voice took top-rated overnight honors of the evening with an 8.8 rating/14 share from 8-10 p.m., peaking in the 9 p.m. hour with a 9.2/14. Comparably, that outdelivered two-hours of the season-premiere of year-ago time period occupant The Sing-Off (3.5/ 5) by a whopping 151 percent. And it offered solid lead-in support to Revolution, which won the 10 p.m. hour with a 7.9/13. Comparably, Revolution was 103 percent above the series-premiere of short-lived The Playboy Club one year earlier (3.9 on 9/19/11). And the loss in rating at 10:30 p.m. (8.2/13 to 7.5/13) was only nine percent. This is a stellar start for Revolution.

‘Revolution’ 1×01 “Pilot” – Episode Recap

Episode recap courtesy of Jason Evans @TVFilmTalk - Before I even start the plot recap, it is worth noting the Hollywood heavy hitters behind NBC’s new post-apocalyptic series “Revolution.” It was created and written by Eric Kripke, who created and ran “Supernatural.” Among the many Executive Producers is JJ Abrams of “Lost.” Some say “Revolution” might be a successor to “Lost” for fans wanting a show with a mysterious story line. “The Revolution” pilot was directed by Jon Favreau, one of the top directors in Hollywood who did both of the Iron Man films.

So, with all that pedigree, the potential is certainly there for something special… or at least watchable. Let’s see how it went.

(Note: I am doing a really detailed recap because there may be folks out there who missed the pilot and what to know what the show is about.)

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We begin in Chicago in the home of a very typical family. The little boy and girl are watching cartoons. Mom, Elizabeth Mitchell of sci-fi staples “Lost” and “V,” is talking on the phone. Suddenly, Dad comes bursting through the front door. He has a big cartoon of supplies in his hands. “We need more water… we don’t have much time,” he says. She looks worried. “Ben,” she replies,” it’s happening, isn’t it?”

Cut to Ben’s brother, Miles, driving in a car at night with his buddy. Ben calls Miles’ cell phone and says, “Listen to me. It’s all going to turn off and it’s not going to come back on…” The phone call breaks up and Miles’ car starts shutting down. Ben is downloading something from his computer to a flash drive, the download just barely completes before EVERYTHING GOES DARK. By everything I mean lights, cars, phones, TVs, you name it. There is a great shot of the lights of cars on a highway slowly turning out. We then get a really chilling image as we see airplanes falling out of the sky and crashing to the ground in fireballs. Pull back to see the entire planet slowly go dark. The episode is less than 3 minutes over and I can already tell that Jon Favreau had a lot of fun directing this!

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Discussion Post & Poll: Revolution – “Pilot” (EP1x01)

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Will You Be Attending a ‘Revolution’ Advance Screening? It’s First Come, First Served

The screening Tuesday in New York City is one of ten screenings planned around the country before before the show’s premiere. Cyclists including series star Tim Guinee will pedal to generate enough energy for the screening.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to walk or bike to the event, at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57. In a Portlandian touch, bikes messengers will be available.

The event will have room for 1,000 guests, and will be first come, first served.

Revolution,” produced by J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau and Eric Kripke, premieres Monday, Sept. 17 at 10 p.m., following “The Voice.”

Here’s a list of “Revoltion” screenings in other cities:

Date/Time: September 6 at 7:00pm
Location: Studio Movie Grill Holcomb Bridge
Address: 2880 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30022

Date/Time: September 6 at 7:30pm
Location: Boston Common
Address: 175 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111

Date/Time: September 6 at 8:00pm
Location: Kerasotes Showplace ICON
Address: 150 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60601

Date/Time: September 6 at 7:30pm
Location: Greenwood Village
Address: 5415 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Los Angeles
Date/Time: September 6 at 7:30pm
Location: Pacific’s The Grove
Address: 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Date/Time: September 6 at 7:30pm
Location: Theatres at Mall of America
Address: 401 South Ave, Bloomington, MN 55425

New York
Date/Time: September 4 at 7:30pm
Location: Hudson River Park’s Pier 57
Address: Westside Hwy & 15th Street, New York, NY

Date/Time: September 6 at 7:30pm
Location: Ritz East
Address: 125 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Salt Lake City
Date/Time: September 6 at 7:30pm
Location: Gateway
Address: 165 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Date/Time: September 6 at 7:30pm
Location: Pacific Place
Address: 600 Pine Street, 4th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101

Date/Time: September 6 at 7:30pm
Location: Thalian Hall Main Stage
Address: 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

‘Revolution’ Is Solidly-Written – Pilot Review from Screen Spy

Check out Jennifer Griffin’s pilot review of ‘Revolution’ from ScreenSpy.com:

Overall, Revolution is an action-packed adventure which shows a lot of promise. The pilot is reminiscent of some classic TV and movies without falling into the trap of being derivative, and there are several surprises in the final moments that have the ability to take the story in several new directions over episodes to come.

There is the concern that as a futuristic dystopia, the show will need to continue to impress visually (weeds and rubble will only take an audience so far, after all). Additionally, we’re far from knowing what caused the blackout, or even why the show is called Revolution, but the solidly-written and easily identifiable characters, delightful future-world elements and galloping action sequences provide enough entertainment and distraction for us not to really care too much at this point.

Watch ‘Revolution’ At PaleyFest 2012

The Paley Center for Media announced today that it will partner with Livestream to offer live streaming of all panels at PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview Parties, September 5 – 11 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

the paley center for media 300x185 Watch Revolution At PaleyFest 2012The Paley Center for Media, along with this year’s media partner, TV Guide Magazine, will host the following series and networks: NBC: The New Normal, Go On, Revolution, Animal Practice, Chicago Fire and Guys with Kids; CBS: Partners, Elementary, Vegas and Made In Jersey; the CW: Arrow, Emily Owens, M.D., and Beauty and the Beast; FOX: Ben and Kate, The Mindy Project, The Mob Doctor; ABC: Scandal, Malibu Country, The Neighbors and Nashville.

NBC | Wednesday, September 5

8:30 PM: NBC Preview Screenings: Go On, Revolution, Animal Practice, Chicago Fire, Guys with Kids

WHERE: The Paley Center for Media 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

TICKETS: The event is FREE and open to the general public but ticket reservations are required. Please visit www.paleycenter.org for further information and ticket reservations.


Watch ‘Revolution’ 2 Weeks Early!

On September 4th NBC will be giving everyone a chance to watch the very first episode (Pilot) of Revolution 2 weeks before it’s television series premiere on September 18th.

We will provide you with the links to watch them through NBC’s assets once available.  Stay tuned!