2012-2013 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49, While CBS is Number 1 With Total Viewers Through Week 3 Ending October 14, 2012

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October 16th, 2012

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After three weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, October 14, 2012), NBC is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.0 rating average, up 13% from last season.  CBS was second, with a 2.6 rating average, down 24% from a year ago. FOX was third with a 2.5, down 20% from this week last year. ABC came in fourth with a 2.3 rating average, down 13 percent from the prior season, and Univision  was fifth with a 1.4 18-49 rating, down 14%. The CW finished last with a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating average, down 40% from last season. Note that the CW season/season comparison is an apples/oranges one because they began their show premieres late and aired a week+ of repeats and summer shows at the start of the 2012-13 season.

Among  total viewers, CBS is ahead for the season  averaging 11.02 million viewers. ABC is second with 8.58m, followed by NBC with 8.39m, FOX with 6.25m, Univision with 3.60m and CW with 1.25 million.

Each adults 18-49 rating point is a percentage of the adults 18-49 US TV population and equals 1.265 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.



  • Douglas from Brazil

    NBC is like FOX when American Idol reigned huge in demo and viewers.But with time the numbers will go down as usual…after The Voice ends the numbers will be just ridiculous

  • cas127

    It would be interesting to see the “all-broadcast” STD cumulative ratings change.

    It looks like it would be a massacre and above (below?) long-term broadcast trendline decline.

  • Ultima

    after The Voice ends the numbers will be just ridiculous

    You misspelled “Sunday Night Football.”

    The Voice will be on for ~28 weeks during the broadcast season.

  • Lucas

    NBC may drop, but with 2 editions of The Voice, it will not drop as hard as it would in any other given year.

    I don’t think they’ll still be no. 1 by the end of the season, but I strongly think they’ll be at least third.

    One way or the other, they’re much better off this year, comparatively.

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