2012-2013 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49, While CBS is Number 1 With Total Viewers Through Week 7 Ending November 11, 2012

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November 13th, 2012

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After seven weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, November 11, 2012), NBC is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.2 rating average, up 23% from last season.  CBS was second, with a 2.8 rating average, down 18% from a year ago. ABC was third with a 2.6,  down 7% from a year ago. FOX was fourth with a 2.5, down 29% from last season.   The CW finished last with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating average, down 30% 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 11.66 million viewers. ABC is second with 9.05m, followed by NBC with 8.79m, FOX with 7.12m, Univision with TBDm and CW with 1.78 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. The season-to-date numbers are "Most Current" ratings, which are Live+7 Day for all but the two most recent weeks and Live+ Same Day for the two most recent weeks.

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.

  • rich

    So FOX is last despite having the World Series and NFL overrun…..

  • SJ

    I really hope Idol pulls an X Factor and keeps Fox is fourth place…

  • RG-X

    What’s happening to FOX – it seems the tides are turning back to NBC after nearly a decade of crappy shows –

    Side note: Idol still one of the most watched shows – FOX will not let that go before X-Factor.

  • ruudisss

    NBC is still doing horribly. Simply The Voice is pulling the same crap that American Idol did for FOX for many years. One show puts whole broadcaster in the first place.

  • Marcos

    But if we take the voice and football out it will downward to the last place lol

  • Dan S

    NBC is slowly rebuilding ther primetime lineup on the strength of not only The Voice but several new shows. Among the highest rated is Revolution, Go On, Chicago Fire & Grimm. They could solidify 1st place if new shows like Deception & 1600 Penn find an audience.

  • Chuck_T

    Yep NBC is doing horribly! The only network up from last season and not only by a little bit but by 23%. If anybody is in real trouble (other than Fox) it’s ABC. It will, however, be interesting to see how NBC does when the Voice and Football are off.

  • Ultima

    . Simply The Voice is pulling the same crap that American Idol did for FOX for many years. One show puts whole broadcaster in the first place.

    There is no way NBC is going to be anywhere close to first place by the end of the season.

  • cas127


    *Football* on Sundays, as well as the Voice, is pulling the NBC crap wagon.

  • Tested

    Fox cancelled several shows from last season that I’m sure they’d love to have back. Best example: think Fox would rather have The Mob Boss or Alcatraz? They’d take Alcatraz in a heartbeat right now.

    The all-comedy block on Tuesday is not working out well at all. New Girl is the only thing there drawing good numbers.

    X Factor has been a disappointment – and it didn’t help that two weeks of it were screwed over by one baseball playoff rain delay.

    The hope for the second half of the season for Fox has to rest with The Following and the return of Idol. Even the return of Idol is a questionable plus. The new judge lineup may help, but too much change in a show like that can create problems. I just think there are too many music competition shows on TV now and Idol is hurt the most by it.

    The Following looks promising. I have no idea if it will draw a good audience, but having Kevin Bacon as the star is a good start.

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