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.

  • Ben

    The Pro Bowl should be held After the Super Bowl, not Before it. Does anyone really think that San Francisco or Baltimore is going to risk one of their best players getting hurt in the Pro Bowl and not being able to play at 100% in the most important NFL football game of the year?
    Having the Pro Bowl Before the Super Bowl, instead of Afterwards, means that at least two teams are not going being sending players to the game choosing to be safe instead of sorry. Players from other teams might not want to play in the Pro Bowl, because they feel it’s not worth the possible damage to their carrer if they get a serious injury in the game.
    I agree with JM. The Pro Bowl is nothing, but, an exibition game; execpt to the person who wants to watch any football game on TV no matter how unimportant it is.

  • William

    Community has got so strange, they may have scared away viewers. Plus last year, it went head to head against Big Bang Theory and got slaughtered. Same will happen again as much as I like both shows.

  • Perdix


    Thanks. It would be fun if there’s a section like that.

  • Joe

    Per futoncritic.com CBS is like very close to tying NBC for the season…I bet even without he Super Bowl CBS would of overtaken NBC within 2 weeks….

    This isn’t about the strength of CBS but rather the very apparent weakness of NBC when SNF is gone from its schedule….they’re like losing .1 demos per week…oh vey!!!!!

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