The revolution was televised after all — or at least the first season of it. With blood, guts, power and a true blast of a cliffhanger, NBC’s Revolution (2.0/5) wrapped its freshman cycle last night with a 5% bump over last week. Despite a big break over the winter, the JJ Abrams-produced post-apocalyptic drama was the second-highest-rated new show of the 2012-2013 season after Fox’s The Following in the adults 18-49 demo. Not counting last night’s finale, the show’s most current season averages are a 4.2/11 rating with 10.9 million viewers overall. It helped NBC win Monday in total viewers and the demo.
On ABC and also at 10 PM,Mistresses (1.2/3) began its summer run after being pushed back from its scheduled May 27 debut. The steamy soap starring Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan was watched by just 4.42 million viewers and was the lowest scripted debut for ABC in almost two years — since the one-season Combat Hospital premiered on June 21, 2011.
Before the face-to-face drama, it was head-to-head reality between NBC and ABC. On NBC’s The Voice (3.2/9) the final six contestants performed, Taylor Swift dropped by a rehearsal and there was a whole lotta country music. The highest-rated and most-watched show of the night with 11.05 million viewers, the two-hour live episode was even with last week’s final ratings, and we could see it besting its May 27 show. As is typical for live shows, expect to see an adjustment in the final numbers later today. The second week of Season 9 of The Bachelorette (1.7/5) saw Desiree Hartsock make a hip hop video, look at wedding dresses and give a trio of suitors the boot. With all that action, the two-hour show was still down 11% from its season debut to hit a series low.
Fox had two originals on Monday with The Goodwin Games (0.6/2) and the broadcast premiere of Anger Management (0.7/2). In its third week, the freshman comedy was even with its May 27 show’s results and its low rated series debut. Watched by 1.64 million viewers, the debut of Charlie Sheen’s FX series on its big sister network rose 40% from its season average on its usual home. The CW’s Oh Sit! (0.2/1) was down a tenth from its last original. CBS was all encores.