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.

  • Unknown

    CBS will destroy NBC especially now since TBBT’s raitings are outstanding

  • Fred

    ABC has SOME good news this season: NASHVILLE and THE TASTE are performing OK. SCANDAL and SHARK TANK have become genuine hits. OUAT, MIDDLE and CASTLE are holding up fine, MODERN FAMILY and GREY’s are still hits.

    The bad news: MODERN FAMILY and GREY’S are not the MEGA HITS they once were. DWTS and BACHELOR are slowly fading. REVENGE has been losing viewers.

    ABC needs new hit sitcoms and dramas badly.

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