2012-2013 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49, While CBS is Number 1 With Total Viewers Through Week 11 Ending December 9, 2012

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December 11th, 2012

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After eleven weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, December 9, 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 2.5, down 11% from the previous season FOX was fourth with a 2.5, down 26% from last season. The CW finished last with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating average, down 11% 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 11.638 million viewers. ABC is second with 8.949m, followed by NBC with 8.888 m, FOX with 6.868m, and CW with 1.882 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.


    Ouch at FOX

  • tjw

    Eh, Fox will be fine once Idol comes back. It looks like it’ll finish CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC, CW.

  • Gamer101

    The power of THE VOICE. Who knew one show could save an entire network.

  • DanaK

    Gamer101 said “The power of THE VOICE. Who knew one show could save an entire network.”
    Idol did that for Fox as well, allowing it to show (via being the #1 network) that it was a true network and to be #1 in 18-49 for 8 years.

  • Freddy Arrow

    Football does quite a bit more than The Voice to boost NBC’s average rating.


    Go CBS!

  • Tony ^_^

    Wonder what will happen to NBC during the January/February months? If they don’t have a solid line-up and “Idol” is strong, I can see FOX moving up to second and NBC to third.

    Though NBC will likely finish second once “The Voice” returns in March.

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