2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 19 Ending February 3, 2013

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February 5th, 2013

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After nineteen weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, February 3, 2013), CBS is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.2 rating average, up 3% from last season.  NBC was second, with a 2.8 rating average, even with the prior season. FOX was third with a 2.5, down 24% from last season. ABC was fourth with a 2.2, down 12% 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 12.610 million viewers. NBC is second with 8.061m, followed by ABC with 7.746m, FOX with 6.868m, and CW with 1.822 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.

  • Joe

    Not bad for NBC — even with last year without the Superbowl this year.

  • POI

    Yes Go CBS Finally at Number 1 Very Well Deserved

  • JohnC

    CBS: Old people TV Station!!

  • Chuck T

    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM
    CBS: Old people TV Station!!

    If CBS is the old people’s network why are they #1 among the key 18-49 demo? Maybe they produce shows not exclusively for young people but shows that people of all ages like?

  • JohnC

    @Chuck T.

    CBS viewers may not be chronologically old, but they are mentally old.

    Most of the shows on CBS are pretty boring!

  • chezmoi

    Only older in the US; the rest of the world may have a different view.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Fox vs. NBC update.

    FOX 2.488640206
    NBC 2.777161954

    Fox beat NBC by 1.0 points last week.

    Fox will need to beat NBC by 0.34 points each week for the remainder of the season to finish second. While I don’t predict future ratings, that’s looking very likely.

    Fox will need to beat NBC by 0.82 points each week to pass NBC BEFORE The Voice returns in late March.

  • Fred

    Too many variables in order to predict if FOX can catch up with NBC.
    If American Idol continues to lose more viewers, FOX will have a tough time.
    Also depends upon how strong The Voice is when it returns.

  • Max Vrany

    @Bill, what about ABC vs NBC? How much does ABC need to win by?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    ABC 2.245162263
    NBC 2.777161954

    ABC needs to beat NBC by 0.63 each week to pass them by the end of the season.

    Last week ABC beat NBC by 0.2 points.

  • Ultima

    Too many variables in order to predict if FOX can catch up with NBC.

    I think the chance of FOX catching NBC before The Voice returns is almost 100%.

    After that, I think FOX wins, but I’m less confident in that prediction.


    Go CBS!

  • j

    Thank you brother! CBS 4-LIFE!


    I’m going to guess that even without the SB this week CBS would of still been number 1 (razor thin margin)…Bill is that correct?

  • robert

    Love CBS. The best shows on TV

  • Justin121

    If only The Voice returned in early February rather than 25 March.

    Even during the Fall, THe Voice cycle needs to be shortened by a couple of weeks.

    This would’ve helped NBC be #2 this year and be competitve next year, where FOX has the Super Bowl and CBS will go through a natural decline.

    Now that NBC has 3 hours of The VOice in addition to football, I think ABC is officially out of the running Vs. the other Big 3 who carry football.

    (When ABC ditched football in 2006, they had 6 hours of mega hits. Nowadays there’s no such thing as “mega hits”, and football has become the deciding factor in the ratings race.)

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