2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 21 Ending February 17, 2013

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February 20th, 2013

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After twenty one weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, February 17, 2013), CBS is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.2 rating average,even with last season.  NBC was second, with a 2.7 rating average, even with last 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 12.587 million viewers. NBC is second with 7.774m, followed by ABC with 7.695m, FOX with 6.969m, and CW with 1.857 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

    The even or down comparisons are in comparison to this time last year? How can NBC be even with last season at this time when it had The Voice propelled by Super Bowl ratings last year and it’s doing pretty badly right now?

  • Kyle7

    “How can NBC be even with last season at this time when it had The Voice propelled by Super Bowl ratings last year and it’s doing pretty badly right now?”

    NBC did pretty well this fall, and this is a cumulative ratings average over the entire season (fall+spring) to date.

  • Max Vrany

    @Dana, simple. They didn’t have the Voice or (however long it lasted) Summer Olympics boost last fall.

  • Samunto

    4 More weeks till NBC’s saviour The Voice returns! But it still won’t be as good as fall as Parenthood if off Tuesdays.

  • romo

    Last weeks chart had nbc 2.7 down 8%.

    How can now same 2.7 be even ?

  • Max Vrany

    @romo, it’s results compared to the same week last season. Last week was Super Bowl week and NBC had the Super Bowl last season.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    @MaxVrany True. It is amazing how Superbowl night can influence the entire season’s numbers.

  • DanaK

    For the moment, assuming Fox catches up and overtakes NBC like everyone expects, it looks like NBC will stay in 3rd place for the year and ABC will remain in 4th. Not great for NBC, but I guess it’s better to stay steady than drop back to 4th.

    I know people are ragging on NBC for a woeful mid-season, but one could argue they are doing a bit better than previous years given they had a good Fall and were first for awhile, something no one was expecting, even them. They still have a lot of work to do to fix their mid-season and improve their Fall.

  • Ultima

    FOX still on pace to easily pass NBC before The Voice returns (especially with an extra 4.5 hours of Idol over the next three weeks).

    I know The Voice is the best that NBC has, but I doubt it will be enough to overtake the full ratings point gap between the two networks since January.

  • romo

    Oh i see….i thought 2.7 was compared to the final 2012-13 # but its compared to the s-t-d 2012-13 #.

  • romo

    Oh i see….i thought 2.7 was compared to the final 2011-12 # but its compared to the s-t-d 2011-12 #.


  • Fred

    Even struggling 4th place ABC has a slight chance of catching up to NBC. NBC has NO current hits.
    Never imagined NBC would fall this far this fast. I thought The Voice would have promoted the scripted shows better after it left. Then again Sunday Night NFL never helped NBC’s other programs. So that was foolish of me.

  • Michael1

    NBC did pretty well when it aired the series finale of “30 Rock” and the season premiere of “Community” in consecutive weeks. If they’re going to cancel all of their shows anyway, why not pull gimmicks like that more often, especially during sweeps? They really dropped the ball on Christina Applegate’s final “Up All Night,” but there’s still time to promote Chevy Chase’s final “Community.”

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