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

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October 23rd, 2012

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In week 4 of the broadcast television season ending Sunday, October 21, 2012 ,NBC notched first place among adults 18-49, with a 2.6 rating average. Runners-up CBS and ABC earned a 2.5 and 2.1 rating average, respectively. FOX came in fourth with a 1.6 rating average, and Univision  was fifth with a 1.5 18-49 rating. The CW finished last with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating average.

CBS  won the week with total viewers, averaging 10.33 million viewers, ahead of second place ABC with 7.99 million viewers. NBC was third with 7.49 million, followed by FOX with 5.54 million, Univision with 3.56million, and the CW with 1.79 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.

  • adanskii

    Wow fox is in bad shape

  • Dan S

    I secretly hoped NBC would’ve stayed in the cellar after chopping Harry’s Law. However very impressed they continue to be number 1 in the new fall season. The only new show I’m watching on NBC is Revolution which looks like a lock for renewal next year.

  • JBS

    Are debate rating discounted for these comparisons?

  • Doug

    Is that Fox number right??!?! Wow – not a good season for them.

    Debates are not counted because the networks do not sell ad time.

  • Ultima

    Is that Fox number right??!?! Wow – not a good season for them.

    Practically the only thing FOX aired this week was the NLCS (as rain delay tanked their highest rated night).

    I don’t know how you can judge their season based on that.

  • Fred

    The chief reasons FOX is tanking:

    Baseball ratings are awful in all demos. The playoffs are taking up timeslots that would otherwise earn FOX higher ratings.

    FOX’s highest rated show X FACTOR (despite a ratings drop from last season) has been interupted by the low rated playoffs.

    Very few availabe slots for scripted shows.

    FOX must be praying that IDOL returns strong.

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