2012-2013 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49, While CBS is Number 1 With Total Viewers Through Week 18 Ending January 27, 2013

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January 29th, 2013

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After eighteen weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, January 27, 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 2.5, down 24% 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 11.651 million viewers. NBC is second with 8.269m, followed by ABC with 7.839m, FOX with 6.831m, and CW with 1.804 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.

  • Danak

    CBS is right behind you NBC! Fox and ABC have some catching up to do.

  • RJ

    And so it begins. The race between CBS and NBC is closer than ever. FOX moves into third, likely leaving ABC in the dust for fourth (thanks to American Idol).

  • Cory

    Well CBS will take first place for good next week thanks to the big game. NBC’s year over year comparison will start to tank since they had the Super Bowl last year. They will fall to third quickly thanks to AI (which despite weakened, is still strong). The real question is if NBC can stay above ABC. And I think that with The Voice back for the last 8 or 9 weeks of the season, NBC will finish a solid number 3.


    FOX will be second. They have American Idol paired up with Glee which is a powerful duo. FOX also has The Following/Bones duo, which are benefitting each other quite well, and Following (as of now) is a hit. FOXs comedy lineup is a mess, but so is NBCs Thursday comedy night. NBC will likly see Revolution fall a lot. Go On and New Normal are loosing steam quickly and The Voice will be a toss up whether it falls in its 2nd cycle or stays stable with new judges. Right now, FOX seems to have upper hand on NBC & ABC.

  • chris23

    So is it more than likely that CBS Will win the “coveted” A18-49 race due to the already 2nd place numbers intact and the Superbowl? Or Does Fox and American idol have a chance of catching up? I would think With the Superbowl with CBS current numbers it will finish first place.

    Fox will definitely hit second over ABC and NBC.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Fox continues to close the season to date gap with NBC for 2nd.

    Fox 2.47
    NBC 2.85

    Fox needs to beat NBC by 0.40 points/week through the end of the season to pass NBC. Fox beat NBC by 1.0 point last week.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “So is it more than likely that CBS Will win the “coveted” A18-49 race due to the already 2nd place numbers intact and the Superbowl?”

    With the Super Bowl and the AFC Championship in primetime, it was certain that CBS would win the “coveted” 18-49 race before the season began.

  • Reache

    @ Bill,

    “Fox 2.47
    NBC 2.85″

    What are the other network numbers rounded two decimal place?

  • jessica

    now watching the ratings from the cw , the WB was a monster compared to it… i miss the wb..

  • DanaK

    I don’t know how the CW is viable given its ratings. I don’t care how much viewing it says it gets online, the advertisers don’t pay a lot for that. And with its ratings and its emphasis on teen girls, why is it trying to be a broadcast network? It would probably work quite well as a cable network.

  • jessica

    abc family ratings are way better than cw, even E!s

  • Bob

    CBS is the only network with over 10 million viewers. The rest of the networks are heading towards cable numbers. Sure we can all say that overall numbers don’t matter, but it is going to be awfully pathetic to see 2 million overall viewers with these networks soon.

  • Chuck T

    Of course CBS will win the season both in key demo and viewers, the ? is will NBC maintain to come in second? Either way it will be a close race for #2 by Fox and NBC. NBC can still say that they will probably be the only network to gain viewers this season in the key demo.

  • Victor Hugo

    The 4 shows on ABCF right now average a 0.76 which is better than CW, how sad! :)

  • hanp

    Just curious – without the Football factor (SB and AFCC), would CBS still grab the 18-49 crown?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Just curious – without the Football factor (SB and AFCC), would CBS still grab the 18-49 crown?”

    After this week, if you subtract 0.4 points from the CBS average, that’s about what they’d have had without them.

  • JOE

    Even without the Superbowl CBS should still win the season….its rise since December has been impressive and this is with Survivor/TAR and its regular shows repeating 1/2 the time!

    FOX will take 2nd….I’m sure Idol will be expanded just enough to give them the edge….

    NBC to 3rd and ABC is the cellar dweller…

  • Ultima

    Fox needs to beat NBC by 0.40 points/week through the end of the season to pass NBC.

    For some short term fun, FOX needs to beat NBC by ~0.86 per week for the next two months to top them before The Voice returns.

    After the past two weeks, that actually seems like a very realistic possibility.

  • Fred

    So the real battle is for # 2 between NBC and FOX. CBS looks to be # 1.
    ABC will most likely finish 4th.
    FOX’s Idol might still be strong enough to get them through. In addition The Following is a positive factor as well.
    NBC ratings have been awful without The Voice , Football and Revolution. Idol and The Following are stronger shows than The Voice and Revolution. So I predict FOX will secure the #2 position by Spring. But it will be close.

  • jm

    CBS will overtake NBC for 1st in the 18-49’s next week. The real battle is between NBC and FOX for 2nd place. With AI back and the good preformace of the Following, FOX may cut into NBC lead from the Fall and make this a very close race. NBC may now be regretting benching The Voice and Revolution til march and their new shows 1600 PENN, Decpetion and Do No Harm Have become busts. Without SNF, NBC is totally Vuluanblie to FOX for 2nd place in the demo. And poor ABC, They will finish in 4th place for the second year in a row. DWTS has their worst ratings in its franchise history and their new shows were busts!

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