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2011-12 Season: FOX in the Lead In 18-49 Ratings; CBS Leads Viewership Through Week 30 Ending April 15, 2012

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April 17th, 2012

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After thirty weeks of the 2011-12 TV season (through 4/15/12), FOX remained ahead of CBS in the advertiser prized adults 18-49 ratings for the season with a 3.2 average rating (down three-tenths vs. last season) to CBS's 3.1 rating (up one-tenth vs. last season). NBC remained in third place (2.6, up two-tenths vs. last year) ahead of ABC (2.4 rating, even with last season) . Univision is in fifth with a 1.5 rating average (unchanged versus last season ). CW is sixth with a 0.8 rating average (down one-tenth vs. last season).

Among  total viewers, CBS is comfortably ahead for the season  averaging 11.94 million viewers. FOX is second with 8.95m, followed by ABC with 8.29m, NBC with 7.55m, Univision with 3.61m and CW with 1.74 million.

Note that these season to date ratings averages are "Most Current" ratings which is a combination of Live + 7 Day DVR viewing for weeks more than 2 weeks ago and Live + Same Day DVR viewing for the immediately preceding 2 weeks.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Gabe

    Could CBS take over FOX and win this TV season?
    It’s already winning in A25-54 and viewers and only 1 tenth behind in A18-49.
    That would be the first time in like 8 years.

  • Gabe

    It’s funny how almost everything flops on FOX yet they still manage to be #1 based solely on one show’s ratings.
    And it’s even funnier that the same thing that works for FOX doesn’t work for NBC. :D

  • Chuck_T

    Wow! is ABC the new NBC?

  • Lance

    Really disappointed in the CW… after merging with UPN they should have gotten some traction and could produce some shows that people actually like! I hope next year they create at least ONE show that people will find good. It’s looking more and more like it was a disaster to merge UPN and WB into a crappy network… to bad Star Trek never returned its a shame…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Could CBS take over FOX and win this TV season?”

    No chance. The rounding to a tenth makes CBS look closer than they are.

    The CBS average is 3.0659

    The Fox average is 3.2104

    And that’s with 30 of 35 weeks of shows baked in. CBS would have to absolutely crush Fox in the final 5 weeks to make up that gap, and that’s not within the realm of possibility.

  • Justin121

    I can’t believe FOX will be #1 and ABC #4.

    Power Rankings:

    1- CBS
    2- ABC
    3- FOX
    4- NBC

    Idol and Football really screwed things up.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Love that ABC is fouth in the 18-49. Fu*ck em – I wish nothing but failure for them after what they did to their daytime lineup!

  • Ultima

    To expand upon what Bill Gorman said, FOX is all new almost every night the rest of the season, while CBS has a massive amount of repeats still.

    This week, CBS is only new for Monday sitcoms, NCIS, Survivor, Rules, and Sunday night.

    Next week, CBS is all repeats Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday except for Survivor.

    CBS will have mostly repeats and insignificant specials the final four days of the season, while FOX has its big finales.

    Absolutely no chance that CBS catches FOX this season. They’ll crush them by at least a half ratings point next year though!

  • Ultima

    @Justin121
    I can’t believe FOX will be #1 and ABC #4.
    Power Rankings:
    1- CBS
    2- ABC
    3- FOX
    4- NBC
    Idol and Football really screwed things up.

    Damn the networks I don’t like for having successful shows!

  • Justin121

    And the 10pm factor, of course.

  • Justin121

    @Ultima,

    Oh, never mind…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Love that ABC is fouth in the 18-49. Fu*ck em – I wish nothing but failure for them after what they did to their daytime lineup!”

    Since NBC’s third place finish is 100% due to the Super Bowl (which they won’t have again for two more seasons), how will the crazy soap fans rationalize ABC being third next season?

    Wait, I can answer that. “ABC, F* Em! third place, serves them right for canceling their soaps!” Forgetting that ABC has been no better than third place in quite some time.

  • KJ Styles

    Fox’s victories are 100% due to Idol, X-Factor, World Series, and the NFL playoffs.

    If you just count scripted programming, CBS would be murdering Fox.

  • Alex

    @Bill
    I don’t know Bill. I’m not so sure that the race of third place next season is quite as cut and dry as you. Admittedly not because I expect some kind of amazing rebound from NBC next year but rather because I get the impression ABC is on the road to crashing and burning in much the same way NBC did a few years ago.

  • Ultima

    @KJ Styles
    Fox’s victories are 100% due to Idol, X-Factor, World Series, and the NFL playoffs.
    If you just count scripted programming, CBS would be murdering Fox.

    And if you don’t count procedural dramas and multi-cam comedies, ABC would be murdering CBS.

    There has been a significant amount of reality TV for more than a decade and a significant amount of primetime sports for more than 40 years; at some point, you just have to accept that there’s more to broadcast primetime than scriped shows.

  • KJ Styles

    @Ultima- “And if you don’t count procedural dramas and multi-cam comedies, ABC would be murdering CBS.”

    YAWN!! The only shows I watch on ABC are Once Upon A Time, Modern Family, and Don’t Trust The B in Apt 23. ABC has a few procedural dramas too (Castle, Private Practice, Body Of Proof). They just can’t hang with CBS’ NCIS, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, etc. And their comedies clearly aren’t as good except for MF. I like Apt 23 but it’s not in the same class as Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, or 2 Broke Girls.

    I love sports personally so I’m not complaining about them. The only reality shows I watch are The First 48 and Beyond Scared Straight on A&E. I wasn’t really complaining when I made that post, I was just making an factual observation.

  • GoRomney

    Its not just Idol and football, I watch Bill O’Reilly, Hannity and Greta every night.

  • One @ Bill Gorman

    Don’t forget – the last time ABC were second, THAT was 100% Super Bowl, too. How will the rationalize this?! ;)

  • GDfriends

    Bill said ““Could CBS take over FOX and win this TV season?”

    No chance. The rounding to a tenth makes CBS look closer than they are.

    The CBS average is 3.0659

    The Fox average is 3.2104

    And that’s with 30 of 35 weeks of shows baked in. CBS would have to absolutely crush Fox in the final 5 weeks to make up that gap, and that’s not within the realm of possibility.”

    I totally agree that CBS won’t catch FOX (oh and thx for the exact averages) though I do believe the race will be closer than what it is today…my prediction is below :)

    The CBS average will be 3.0239

    The Fox average will be 3.1441

    Not a big difference but still a slight closure of the gap between them…

  • HowardBeale

    So, another way to look at this phantom race is that if an advertiser looked at the average TV show between the hours of 8-10 p.m. to throw dollars at, the average CBS show would have a better 18-49 viewer rating than the average Fox program.

    Of course, advertisers well know the 10 p.m. discount hour. It became the norm ever since the failed Leno experience.

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