For the First Time in 10 years, NBC Has Won Each of the First Three Weeks of the Season

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October 16th, 2012

via press note:

NBC has won each of the first three weeks of the new season in 18-49
> for the first time in 10 years (since 2002).
> NBC's 2.9 for week three is the net's highest rating for a third week
> of a new season in five years (since 2007). This season has also seen
> NBC's highest week 1 rating (2.9) in four years and highest week 2
> rating (2.8) in four years ("live plus same day").
> NBC has been up versus last year in 18-49 and total viewers for each
> of the first three weeks of the season, while ABC, CBS and Fox have
> each been down in both categories all three weeks.
> It's the first time in six years (since 2006) that NBC has been up
> versus the same week last year for each of the first three weeks of
> the season.
> Counting the last three weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast year, NBC has
> now won six weeks in a row in 18-49, its longest streak since the
> summer of 2008. NBC has also been #1 or tied for #1 among ABC, CBS,
> NBC and Fox for 10 of the last 12 weeks.
> In adults 18-49, NBC's schedule includes the season's:
> * #1 show, "Sunday Night Football."
> * #1 unscripted shows, the Monday "Voice" (#7 overall)
> * #1 new series, "Revolution."
> * #1 new comedy, "Go On."
> * #1 Friday series, "Grimm."
> Rankings exclude football pre- and post-game shows.
> With its #1 finishes on Monday and Tuesday of Week 3among ABC, CBS,
> NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, combined with a Sunday win the prior
> week, NBC finished #1 three nights in a row with regular in-season
> programming for the first time in nine years (since November 12-14,
> 2003).
> NBC is up versus the first three weeks of last season by 15 percent
> (3.0 vs. 2.6) and is also up 11 percent year to year in total viewers
> (8.4 million vs. 7.6 million). NBC is the only network among ABC,
> CBS, NBC and Fox that's up versus last year's three-week averages in
> either category.
> Here are "most current" season averages thru three weeks...
> Adults 18-49 vs. First Three Weeks of the Season Last Year
> Net...Three Weeks 2011... Three Weeks 2012...Diff
> NBC...2.6...3.0...Up 15%
> CBS...3.4...2,6...Down 24%
> ABC...2.6...2.3...Down 12%
> Fox...3.1...2.5...Down 19%
> Total Viewers vs. First Three Weeks of the Season Last Year
> Net...Three Weeks 2011... Three Weeks 2012...Diff
> NBC...7.594 million ...8.394 million...Up 11%
> CBS...12.770 million...11.024 million...Down 14%
> ABC...9.417 million ...8.579 million...Down 9%
> Fox...8.049 million ...6.525 million...Down 19%



    Ten years ago they placed three in the top ten & seven shows in the top 20 for the 2002-03 season.

    I see three in the top ten, so far.

  • Dan S

    This must be a sign of the Apocalypse for NBC to be number 1. Ironic that their Wed & Thur lineups are in such bad shape but yet they’ve risen to the top. If they can dig up a couple more Revolutions & Goons they’ll be golden.

  • marcos

    take football away and we’ll who gets the top stop, NBC ;)

  • Justin121

    Thank you, The Voice.

  • bart

    Weird how i felt bad for a network being always last. Guess i will aways root for the underdog even if its not a living creature

  • William Haney

    The Rise Of The Peacock!! GO NBC!!!

  • Debsafan

    I’m really glad Grimm is doing good. It’s the best show NBC has.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    But Fox can have these numbers up when American Idol returns in mid-season right?Or no?

  • Samunto

    It’s actually nice to read such a press release.
    @Douglas…Idol was falling last season and superstar signings didn’t help X Factor either. Idol will be down again this spring.

    Plus FOX is in a worse shape now that before with Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays all in such a mess.

  • CrimTV

    I’ve always rooted for NBC, and now they are finally back on top! :) A sentence I never thought i’d say the week before September :)

  • American

    Go NBC…glad for this jump forward.

  • ABC hater

    Still rooting for them! Go and take that #2 spot this year, NBC! :)

  • Stefwhit

    @Samunto. Idol may go down but I think they will play up that whole Nicki vs Mariah angle to get peeps to tune in…

    It’s funny but I too am happy to read this. Not sure why NBC has me rooting for them and cheering their successes, but they do….lol

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