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2012-2013 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49, While CBS is Number 1 With Total Viewers Through Week 4 Ending October 21, 2012

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October 23rd, 2012

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After four weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, October 21, 2012), NBC is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.1 rating average, up half a ratings point from last season.  CBS was second, with a 2.7 rating average, down six tenths from a year ago. FOX and ABC tied for third, each earning a 2.5, which is down eight tenths  and down three tenths, respectively. Univision  was fifth with a 1.5 18-49 rating, down a single tenth from last season. The CW finished last with a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating average, down three tenths 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 11.32 million viewers. ABC is second with 8.77m, followed by NBC with 8.43m, FOX with 6.52m, Univision with 3.61m and CW with 1.44 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.

 
  • Brandon

    Still getting used to these headlines. I do a double take each time. Things will change in the winter though. I imagine by the end of the season, NBC will be back in third place.

  • sara

    Who is in charge of Fox programming? Who should no longer be in charge of Fox programming? Hint: its the same person

  • SJ

    I wonder if carrying one more week of low-rated baseball will drag Fox down to fourth place after week 5 of the season.

  • DanaK

    NBC had such a woeful Fall last season that they could only go up this season. It’s almost unfair to tout they are the only 1 of the Big 4 to be up this year since they were doing so lousy last year (especially comparing The Sing Off’s ratings to The Voice’s). But, I do want to see them doing better.

  • Paulo PT

    Fox is missing House and Terra Nova!

  • Ultima

    @SJ
    I wonder if carrying one more week of low-rated baseball will drag Fox down to fourth place after week 5 of the season.

    I would expect the World Series to do significantly better than the NLCS. Slightly larger markets this season (although one is split, so let’s call it even with last year).

    The first five games of the series averaged above a 4.0 last season (with large spikes for games six and seven).

  • Ram510

    So what’s the difference between this thread and the other one that say NBC is in first place through October 21? Cause the demos are different

  • Ultima

    @Ram
    So what’s the difference between this thread and the other one that say NBC is in first place through October 21?

    This is season-to-date; the other is just last week.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “NBC had such a woeful Fall last season that they could only go up this season.”

    Oh, no, had they not put The Voice in the Fall, they could *easily* have done worse.

  • a p garcia

    I wonder if at the end of this TV season, The Mob Doctor will get a renewal for next season!

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