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2012-2013 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49, While CBS is Number 1 With Total Viewers Through Week 17 Ending January 20, 2013

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January 23rd, 2013

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After seventeen weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, January 20, 2013), NBC is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 2.9 rating average, up 16% from last season.  CBS was second, with a 2.8 rating average, down 13% from the prior season. FOX was third with a 2.4, down 27% from last season. ABC was fourth with a 2.3, down 8% from last season. The CW finished last with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating average, down 13% from the previous season.

Among  total viewers, CBS is ahead for the season  averaging 11.728 million viewers. NBC is second with 8.390m, followed by ABC with 7.872m, FOX with 6.782m, and CW with 1.807 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: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    For those asking the question, “Can Fox catch NBC for second place?”

    Fox now needs to beat NBC by 0.43 ratings points on average each of the last 18 weeks of the season to catch them.

    Last week Fox beat NBC by 1.4 ratings points, so they’re currently closing the gap quickly.

  • rob60990

    NBC already below a 3. Hope they drop all the way down to a 2.5.

  • Flame

    I guess that 0.1 NBC lead will be gone on Superbowl Sunday.

  • RTV

    I think NBC will actually end up in 2nd. I think FOX will make up a lot of ground now, but they have nothing on the horizon to help boost their low-rated nights.

    FOX has Idol, but Touch is probably going to pull Fringe numbers on Friday and I’d be shocked if The Following wasn’t at 2.3 in a month.

    NBC has The Voice, which will likely boost Go On and The New Normal back to better numbers. Plus Revolution, Community (which will likely average better than 30 Rock), and Hannibal should pull decent numbers if it premieres in season.

  • Bob

    CBS just kicks butt. I know everyone knows that is the network that people watch, but seeing those numbers is astonishing. The other networks are vanishing. Soon CBS will be the only one left.

  • Ultima

    @Bob
    The other networks are vanishing. Soon CBS will be the only one left.

    This is the first time CBS will finish #1 in the demo in 20 years. Probably a bit early to declare them king for life.

  • Ryan

    Don’t forget the Grammys to also help out the season average for CBS. While it probably won’t approach what it did last year (airing the day after Whitney Houston died), the show has been on a general uptrend and should be good for about a 10 demo rating for 3 hours of the Sunday night it airs. It finally surpassed the Oscars rating last year and the long-term trend suggests it may start regularly outrating the Oscars.

  • iggy agrimotor

    I think FOX will make up a lot of ground now, but they have nothing on the horizon to help boost their low-rated nights.

    Nothing… except The Following will double Mob Doc’s ratings onMonday, Hell’s Kitchen (and no Ben & Kate) raises Tuesday, AI boosts Wednesday & Thursday, Friday is even, COPS improves Saturday, and the Sunday cartoons will hold steady.

  • THE OLD MAN

    Thought CBS would pull into first this week & hope they do so BEFORE THE SB bounce

    @ Ultima

    CBS hasn’t won the demo in 20 yrs! You know I know that! C’mon, C’mon

  • Max Vrany

    CBS is mostly in repeats this week, but after the Super Bowl next week, they’ll pass up NBC and never look back.

    FOX vs NBC is a little more interesting.That victory Bill reported was somewhat inflated by the Idol premiere, and NBC has The Voice coming back. That’s what I think it comes down to unless one network’s scripted content somehow pulls ahead of the other’s.

  • chris23

    WOW the Voice and Sunday night football does great wonders for NBC. Not to mention Voice dramatically makes a difference for the Tuesday Night comedies Go on and The new normal. Parenthood has a loyal audience and hasn’t really been affected so far.

    The only shows pulling decent or great numbers for NBC are: Sunday Night Football, The voice on Mon and Tuesdays, Revolution, Law and Order SVU has improved recently as well as chicago fire. Grimm does ok for friday nights and usually is in competition to win its time period. Outside of the Friday Factor and the other shows mentioned above NBC is weak! I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox does put up a strong fight to finish #2!

  • jimtv

    At the first of the season it was suggested CBS would gain 0.01 for the AFC Championship and 0.03 for the Super Bowl. Not sure those ratings for the AFC Championship are worth 0.01 for the entire season but I may be wrong.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “FOX vs NBC is a little more interesting.That victory Bill reported was somewhat inflated by the Idol premiere, and NBC has The Voice coming back. That’s what I think it comes down to unless one network’s scripted content somehow pulls ahead of the other’s.”

    Indeed. Little chance that Fox beats NBC by 1.4 points each week.

    Here’s another way of looking at it. It will be 9 weeks (including the current week) before The Voice & Revolution returns. If you figure that with The Voice back it’s a standoff between Fox & NBC (which I think underrates Fox, but have done no calculations) so that Fox has 9 weeks to make up the gap instead of 18 weeks, then they have to beat NBC by twice the amount (0.86 pts/week) to overtake NBC in 9 weeks.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “At the first of the season it was suggested CBS would gain 0.01 for the AFC Championship and 0.03 for the Super Bowl. Not sure those ratings for the AFC Championship are worth 0.01 for the entire season but I may be wrong.”

    You’re off by a factor of 10. It’s 0.1 for the AFC Championship, and 0.3 for the Super Bowl.

    The first has already happened. CBS’s season average went from 2.7 in week 16 to 2.8 in week 17 (which included the AFC Championship Game).

    In two weeks after the Super Bowl it will go up 0.3 more and, as noted, no one will catch them after that.

  • Numb3rs

    I think NBC could definitely end up #1 next year, CBS only has the Grammy’s as their major event next season since the AFC game is on during daytime. FOX has the Super Bowl but the rest of the network is struggling so it won’t matter.

    The 2010 Winter Olympics were huge so I expect much of the same in 2014. NBC has a lot of good momentum going into next season as they got out of this season with a hit in Chicago Fire and can expand comedy next season. Sean Hayes might do really well out of the gate. MJF’s comedy reminds me a lot of Matthew Perry’s sitcom. Big name but comedy sounds niche but we’ll see.

  • Joseph

    @Numb3rs CBS has the Super Bowl not FOX..

  • Tony ^_^

    Lol… NBC is already below a 3.0…

  • Perdix

    @Bill

    Is there a section in this site that provides the ratings of the TV show throughout its run?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@Bill

    Is there a section in this site that provides the ratings of the TV show throughout its run?”

    Sadly, no. Nielsen frowns on that sort of thing.

  • jm

    The Pro Bowl is nothing but an exibition game ay best. Look what happened last year, it was a snoozer of a game and nobody cares for it. The Super Bowl is everything, period.

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