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.

  • RTV

    I’m confident that NBC will hold onto 2nd place. 30 Rock went up towards the very end, and I expect The Office to do even better. As far as The Voice vs. Idol, I think Usher could bring in A LOT more younger viewers than Nicki Minaj (even with a simple tweet from Bieber). I expect the Voice to lift Go On and The New Normal considerably. Who knows what will happen with Hannibal- but it can probably do a 2.0 if The Following could get a point higher than that at 9pm.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    Indeed. The only difference between that and the numbers in the post above is rounding which you can see in my earlier comment in this thread.

    There is no question now that Fox will pass NBC before The Voice returns. The only question is if The Voice is big enough to move NBC back ahead of Fox afterwards.

  • Fred

    Actually the viewer count for NBC and FOX is 3.2 million. ABC is 2.9.

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