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2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 22 Ending February 24, 2013

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February 26th, 2013

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After twenty-two weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, February 24, 2013), CBS is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.1 rating average, down 3% from last season.  NBC was second, with a 2.6 rating average, down 4% from last 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 12.542 million viewers. ABC is second with 7.926m, followed by NBC with 7.628m, FOX with 7.021m, and CW with 1.872 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

    So why isn’t Univision included here? It seems unfair to both Univision and the English-language broadcast networks to compare them to Univision sometimes but not for everything. We get Uni’s nightly average but its shows aren’t listed with the other network shows for instance. It’s almost like news sites want to use Uni to smack the other networks with when it’s convenient. It should be either all-in or all-out, none of this halfsies stuff.

  • Fred

    Wow FOX is very close now!
    Very exciting ratings race this season.
    Can’t wait to see how The Voice/Revolution will perform once they return.
    I’m counting on them dropping from the fall.

  • Max Vrany

    Cue Bill and the magic numbers for ABC and FOX.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    @DanaK,

    You’re right, Univision always has been beating the 5 english networks,I don’t understand that yet.

  • Max Vrany

    @Douglas, only NBC lost to Univision during February sweeps. This list I’d only English language networks on purpose.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Season averages through week 22
    FOX 2.534810813
    NBC 2.606839252
    ABC 2.325993102

    Fox needs to beat NBC by 0.12/week to pass them by the end of the season.
    Fox needs to beat NBC by 0.39/week to pass them by the time The Voice returns.
    ABC needs to beat NBC by 0.47/week to pass them by the end of the season.
    ABC needs to beat NBC by 1.54/week to pass them by the time The Voice returns.

    My “season end” calculations assume a 35 week season, even though this season is 34 weeks and 3 days long. Most seasons are 35 weeks and 3 days.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “So why isn’t Univision included here? It seems unfair to both Univision and the English-language broadcast networks to compare them to Univision sometimes but not for everything. We get Uni’s nightly average but its shows aren’t listed with the other network shows for instance. It’s almost like news sites want to use Uni to smack the other networks with when it’s convenient. It should be either all-in or all-out, none of this halfsies stuff.”

    Shelve your claims of “unfairness”. Nobody sends us Univision’s season average ratings any more. We used to get them, and we posted them when we did. Since we don’t pay for the numbers, we are beggars, not choosers.

    As for the individual shows in the overnight post, the Uni numbers we get come in a format that would cause us a big hassle and delay the post were we to include them, and for our business, it’s just not worth it.

  • Melissa

    Bill, do you think ABC could end up in third by the end of the season?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill, do you think ABC could end up in third by the end of the season?”

    I hadn’t paid enough attention to it before this week to have any idea. Obviously the Oscars closed the gap considerably.

    ABC beat NBC by 0.50 in week 21 and 0.7 in week 20, so weekly margins like that are very possible before the return of The Voice, but I don’t think they’re possible once The Voice returns, but I admit not having thought much about it.

  • Aron

    @bill
    is it certain FOX will finish the season 2nd behind CBS even if the voice returns strong ?

  • ffas1234

    So without the SB factor, CBS I assume still leads by the slimmest of margin?

  • Fred

    Not only did the Oscars help close the gap for ABC but we can’t forget about the promotional push of ABC shows during the telecast.
    Now if the Voice/Revolution ratings erodes considerably and ABC ratings increase….

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “So without the SB factor, CBS I assume still leads by the slimmest of margin?”

    Very round numbers, the SB added 0.3 to the CBS average, and the AFC Championship Game added 0.1.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “is it certain FOX will finish the season 2nd behind CBS even if the voice returns strong ?”

    It’s not really something I’m set up to predict.

  • romo

    We all predicted cbs would win the season….didnt we ?

  • THE OLD MAN

    The FOX/NBC race is really a good one

    ABC will probably be the biggest loser

    @ romo

    We most certainly did

  • American

    March 25 can’t come soon enough for NBC.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “We all predicted cbs would win the season….didnt we ?”

    Is someone questioning that?

  • Doug

    The wildcards in the ABC/NBC battle are The Voice and DWTS. If TV comes back down, and DWTS is up, ABC has a shot. Given NBC’s near flatline, I don’t know if even TV will be able to push them out of 4th on a weekly basis.

  • ffas1234

    “Very round numbers, the SB added 0.3 to the CBS average, and the AFC Championship Game added 0.1.”

    So CBS will still lead NBC by just .1 and FOX by .2. Really interesting what will be #s by end of May..

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