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.
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