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2012-2013 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49, While CBS is Number 1 With Total Viewers Through Week 13 Ending December 23, 2012

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December 27th, 2012

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After thirteen weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, December 23, 2012), NBC is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.1 rating average, up 19% from last season.  CBS was second, with a 2.8 rating average, down 15% from the prior season. ABC was third with a 2.4, down 8% from the previous season FOX was fourth with a 2.4, down 25% from last season. The CW finished last with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating average, even with the previous season.

Among  total viewers, CBS is ahead for the season  averaging 11.620 million viewers. NBC is second with 8.838m, followed by ABC with 8.521 m, FOX with 6.737m, and CW with 1.920 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.

 
  • Freddy Arrow

    While it made sense while the season was young, it seems like you can stop the disclaimer on the CW numbers now.

  • Fred

    American Idol will need to deliver SUPER ratings for FOX. .

  • Samunto

    @Fred (i do get the sarcasism)
    FOX will only have Wednesdays & Thursdays working. Idol will still deliver but it will probably do numbers similar to The Voice. I expect it to be down again compared to last season.
    The rest of FOX ain’t looking good.

    NBC will probably finish 2nd for the season.

  • rob60990

    It’s kinda surprising how ABC is only down 8% despite most of their shows being down double digits. The only night showing improvement is Fridays. I assume election coverage helped ABC so they did not have to air as many reruns as they had to last December.

  • Jana

    You want to know why CW ratings are so low? They got rid of the good shows (The Secret Circle & The Ringer) and put on stupid ones, like Beauty and the Beast.

  • Bright

    @Jana, hahaha, funny one

  • Justin121

    After many years of FOX a lock for #1 thanks to Idol and no 10pm, CBS at #2, football-less ABC and football-boosted NBC competing for #3,

    Can we say the only real competition this year is between NBC and FOX for #2?

    (Superbowl-boosted CBS at #1, football-less ABC at #4, The Voice/SNF-led NBC and American Idol-led, 10pm-less FOX compete for #2).

    NBC wouldn’t have bragging rights if they get #3, as it’s nearly a given.
    If, however, it moves from #4 to #2 this year, you’d hear all about it in the media.

    Also, it’d be a huge surprise if Idol plummets and FOX moves from #1 to #4 within a year (unlikely given ABC’s weakish 22-hour schedule).

  • POI

    Without Idol FOX will be way more down and will never be able to recover, and without The Voice NBC wouldn’t have nabbed number 1 for now so in my opinion every year CBS, ABC, AND THE CW arre the ones competeing and every year CBS IS NUMBER 1 ABC IS 2 AND CW IS 3 WHICH IS LAST AND THIS WILL STAY FOREVER I THINK.

  • Ultima

    @Justin121
    After many years of FOX a lock for #1 thanks to Idol and no 10pm

    Most of the years FOX was #1, they were also the highest rated network between 8 and 10pm as well, by far. Please stop with the nonsense.

    You’re bitter, no one cares, get over it.

  • Ultima

    @POI
    Without Idol FOX will be way more down and will never be able to recover, and without The Voice NBC wouldn’t have nabbed number 1 for now so in my opinion every year CBS, ABC, AND THE CW arre the ones competeing and every year CBS IS NUMBER 1 ABC IS 2 AND CW IS 3 WHICH IS LAST AND THIS WILL STAY FOREVER I THINK.

    I reallly hope that was sarcasm.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I really hope that was sarcasm.”

    I’m guessing over/under medication.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “While it made sense while the season was young, it seems like you can stop the disclaimer on the CW numbers now.”

    Good point. I agree. They have now aired enough new scripted episodes this season to be sufficiently “caught up” to dispose of the caveat.

  • Justin121

    @Ultima,

    You’re a psycho. Get over it.

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