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2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 25 Ending March 17, 2013

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March 19th, 2013

For the week's top 25 broadcast TV show ratings click here.

 

After twenty-five weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, March 17, 2013), CBS is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.0 rating average, down 3 percent from last season.  FOX  was second, with a 2.6 rating average, down 21% from last season. NBC was third with a 2.5, down 7% 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 12.316 million viewers. ABC is second with 7.824m, followed by NBC with 7.245m, FOX with 7.135m, and CW with 1.843 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.

 
  • Max Vrany

    ABC needs to win by 4 tenths a week to pass NBC. They won by 6 tenths last week. Stay tuned. If The Voice isn’t able to raise the rest of NBC, ABC might have a shot.

  • PatF

    Wow. No one is even close to CBS in total viewers.

    Great job!

  • TV Addict

    I find it hard to root for NBC. I sorta only like it because of Community, and we all know how that’s going.

  • beached

    I wonder how poorly NBC would be doing without Sunday Night Football. This network is a disaster.

  • beached

    You would thing that with such a lead in total viewers, CBS would have a huge lead in 18-49. Their average viewer must be over 70.

  • outlawz

    C.Beast.S

    CBS is ahead for the season averaging 12.316 million viewers. second with 7.824m… wow

  • THE OLD MAN

    GO CBS!

  • THE OLD MAN

    @ beached

    TTL viewers is irrelevant, CBS is #1 in 18-49 demo by a 0.4 lead over FOX

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Unrounded

    FOX 2.558252403
    NBC 2.465556757
    ABC 2.297660797

    NBC needs to beat Fox by 0.23/week to pass them by the end of the season.
    ABC needs to beat NBC by 0.42/week to pass them by the end of the season.

  • Patrick

    Bill, how many more weeks are there in this season?

  • Fred

    @Max

    As much as I would love ABC to surpass NBC. I strongly doubt it.
    ABC is much stronger with scripted shows. But ABC has no NFL.
    DWTS got off to nice start and BACHELOR performed quite well this season.
    However most are expecting The VOICE to destroy DWTS next week.
    We shall soon see….

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill, how many more weeks are there in this season?”

    We are currently in week 26, there are 34 weeks and 3 days in the season.

  • Justin121

    CBS down despite the Super Bowl?

    I wish FOX sincks to 4th.

    @Bill Gorman,

    Keep the XYZ needs to beat ABC in the post and you’ll have a hit on your hands!

  • Justin121

    With The Voice back, I don’t think ABC will be able to beat NBC by 0.4 per week.

    Idol is the wild card if keeps sincking (a sentence I never thought I’d say).

    FOX will have to lose to NBC by 0.23 and to ABC by 0.65 a week.

    Idol vs Voice vs DWTS

    Stay tuned.

  • DanaK

    Does Nielsen officially determine the season to date numbers (and what goes into those numbers) or is that just compiled by various news sites from Nielsen’s weekly stats?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Does Nielsen officially determine the season to date numbers (and what goes into those numbers) or is that just compiled by various news sites from Nielsen’s weekly stats?”

    All the numbers come from Nielsen.

  • andri

    Fox delimits itself w /iterated new girl and the Mindy Project. Talk abounds hiving the network a shaft snag.

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