2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 23 Ending March 3, 2013

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March 5th, 2013

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After twenty-three weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, March 3, 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 26% 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 12.462 million viewers. ABC is second with 7.904m, followed by NBC with 7.500m, FOX with 7.063m, and CW with 1.864 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.

  • Rabbit

    Hold on to second place NBC!

  • Wowza

    FOX might rise to first with The FOllowing and Idol tuesdays wed and thursdays for some weeks.

    Also, CBS just began airing low rated new shows and low rated survivor, and NBC is just plain falling.

    THE voice wil premiere very very very low compared to aslt Falls success.

    IDOL is dominant over The Voice. Really, whichever show airs frst is going to do better in the raitings.

    Also, expect Idol to work hard for the ratings this year. Big numebrs are coming.

  • Bob

    CBS is always the best network in all things….nothing surprises me.

  • rob60990

    There’s no chance FOX gets first place. They’ve yet to beat NBC for 2nd.

  • Ultima

    Hold on to second place NBC!

    FOX will probably move ahead of NBC this week; if not, definitely next week.

  • j

    FOX may pass NBC for 2nd, but won’t pass CBS for 1st in 18-49’s.

  • TV Addict

    Even if Fox passed NBC in the next two weeks, NBC could still get second by the end of the season thanks to The Voice.


    I’m w/ Ultima, though they may just do it this week

  • Max Vrany

    Bill needs to show how crazy the talk of FOX winning is. I think they need to beat CBS by over a point a week at least.

  • karin

    FOX was third with a 2.5, down 26% from last season.
    – 26 % is terrible

  • Joe


    Please stop talking. You obviously think Fox is great know matter what they do. You sound ridiculous.

  • Samunto

    You’re so delusional. Why don’t first check the ratings for Idol on this site and then see those for last year and see how far it drops for the live shows! Till then, stop talking crap!

    NBC still has a very very good chance of finishing 2nd overall.
    CBS is down even despite the super bowl.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill needs to show how crazy the talk of FOX winning is. I think they need to beat CBS by over a point a week at least.”

    That effort is not worth my time. Whoever thinks that is possible should consult their local mental health professional.

    Unrounded through week 23
    FOX 2.546256427
    NBC 2.558025038
    ABC 2.319308189

    Fox needs to beat NBC by 0.02/week to pass them by the end of the season, or by 0.09/week to pass them before The Voice returns.

    ABC needs to beat NBC by 0.45/week to pass them by the end of the season, or by 1.83/week (not possible) before The Voice returns.

  • Aron

    Even if the voice returns strong fox will still come in 2nd, fox all week is more stronger than NBC

  • American

    1st is locked in place for CBS, I’m rooting for NBC 2nd but it might go to FOX, very iffy, and then ABC 4th.


    NBC only has The Voice & Revolution that will make any serious dent (ie) 4/hrs per wk, Mon & Tues (before Tues seriously deflates) REMEMBER: They don’t have SNF on Sundays anymore

    FOX is strong Sun-Mon, Wed-Thur & generally beats NBC Tues 9-10

    FOX will be #2 by this week and should finish the season there as well

  • HowardBeale

    Would CBS be 18-49 ratings leader without this year’s SuperBowl?


    @ HowardBeale

    Yes. It would have a 2.8.

  • Fred

    USA TODAY just released Season To Date ratings for the major networks:

    FOX is now tied with NBC for 2nd place (2.9 million) in the 18-49 demo in terms of viewers.

  • Fred

    FOX and NBC have a very tough fight come this spring. Gonna be really close.
    Really depends how strong The Voice returns and to a lesser degree Revolution.

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