FOX and CBS Lead Among Adults 18-49, CBS Wins Total Viewers In Week 33 Ending May 6, 2012

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May 8th, 2012

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In week 33 of the broadcast television season ending Sunday, May 6, 2012 FOX and CBS tied for the lead for adults 18-49 with each earning a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating average. ABC came in third with a 2.0 average adults 18-49 rating, NBC was fourth with a 1.6, and Univision was fifth with a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. The CW finished sixth with a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating average.

CBS won the week with total viewers, averaging 10.09 million viewers, ahead of second place ABC with 7.07 million viewers. FOX was third with 6.81 million, followed by NBC with 5.12 million, Univision with 3.55 million, and the CW with 1.24  million.

Each adults 18-49 rating point is a percentage of the adults 18-49 US TV population and equals 1.279 million adults 18-49.

You can see last week's broadcast network primetime weekly TV ratings results here.

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

  • Howard Beale

    Am I the only one here who believes that comparing Fox’s 8-10 p.m. shows with the other network’s 8-11 p.m. fare is like allowing Fox to use steroids in a biathalon, where the others would be banned from using performance enhancing substances.

    The 18-49 average viewers is as accurate as sampling is on a per show basis, but claiming that a network that does not put programming on during the 10 p.m. hour is leading any all encompassing race is akin to everyone in the TV industry holding to a mutual agreement that the world is flat.

    The 10 p.m. hour is now, even more, becoming the non-viewer timeslot.

    Please, viewers, keep this in mind, unless you are also prone to believe that the sun revolves around the earth because you are star struck by someone who works in Hollywood who has revealed it to you.

    Hopefully, Bill and Robert can get the real apples to apples time period comparisons one day. Problem is, that causes a flux in the time space continuum of a system built on partial truths.

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