2012-2013 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49, While CBS is Number 1 With Total Viewers Through Week 10 Ending December 2, 2012

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December 4th, 2012

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After eight weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, November 25, 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 the prior season. ABC was third with a 2.6, down 7% from the previous season FOX was fourth with a 2.4, down 31% from last season. The CW finished last with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating average, down 20% from the previous 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 11.718 million viewers. ABC is second with 9.168m, followed by NBC with 8.913 m, FOX with 6.853m, and CW with 1.888 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.

  • Chuck_T

    After Football and the Voice, NBC will have not as successful a second half of the season, but still, I think, will come in second overall with 18-49 year olds, which would be a ramatic improvement over the last few seasons.

  • rob60990

    FOX is 4th? LMAO. Well deserved.

    I can’t wait for next month, when NBC will be without football & The Voice. Their average will be dropping so fast heads are gonna spin.

  • POI

    So is The CW UP or DOWN from Last Year


    I can’t wait for next month when NBC will be without football & The Voice. The erosion has already started on Fri without Grimm & should be cataclismic within the next six weeks or so. Even w/ FB & the Voice, CBS tied them this week.

    NBC should be in the negatives sooner rather than later. Go CBS!

  • Lance

    Even without SNF & The Voice, yes, NBC’s numbers may fall dramatically for the next few months but don’t expect CBS to see any real gains until the division championship game and the Super Bowl. Just like NBC is fortunate to have Sunday Night Football, CBS is just lucky that they are airing the two biggest events of the tv season this year, otherwise the steep declines in their overall regular lineup would be much more noticeable at season’s end.

  • Nick

    ABC seems to have gotten their edge back. Last month, when TVBTN did an article comparing ratings season-to-season, ABC was down 16% I think. Nice that they’ve gotten it down to 7%.
    This year actually hasn’t been that bad for ABC. Only 2 of their new shows flopped (666 Park Ave and Last Resort, and the latter could have been much worse in that slot). Also, with the exception of the Mon & Tuesday shows, their returning shows aren’t down as much as the other networks, specifically Grey’s, Scandal, and Once Upon a Time. Shark Tank is even up!

  • Dan S

    Fox has really fallen on hard times while NBC’s fortunes have improved immensely. Maybe Fox can turn things around with the return of AI & the new Kevin Bacon thrill The Following which should help them on Mon. I do believe NBC will falter at the start of the new year until the next cycle of The Voice starts up & gets back Grimm & Revolution in March.

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