2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 27 Ending March 31, 2013

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April 2nd, 2013

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After twenty-seven weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, March 31, 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 2.5 rating average, down 24% from last season. NBC was third with a 2.4, down 8% from last season. ABC was fourth with a 2.3, down 8% from last season. The CW finished 5th among English networks 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 12.147 million viewers. ABC is second with 7.852m, followed by FOX with 7.118m, NBC with 7.108m, and CW with 1.831 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.

  • marcos

    how can NBC be ahead of ABC with most of their shows hitting 1.0 ?

  • Christian


    these are averages for the entire season so far


    Such a powerhouse CBS is!

  • romo

    Capt. obvious says fox wins next year.

  • Max Vrany

    @romo, the NFL playoff rotation only gives FOX a 3-tenths advantage over CBS. There’s too much else up in the air to call a victory yet.


    Doesn’t Fox have the SuperBowl next season? If so it will probably win the season….if not than NBC could be in the mix as ratings continue to fall

  • Spencer

    Well deserved! CBS has the best all around quality programming that all gets great ratings. They don’t just have one powerhouse reality show to rely on. Consistent quality all around.

  • American

    What would the unrounded numbers for NBC and FOX be?

  • Nick

    Next year will be boring. Fox & CBS will duke it out for #1 (probably will go to CBS because they have great pilots and Fox’s singing shows are declining), NBC will be third (thanks to Olympics) and poor ABC will be stuck in fourth again…

  • Joe

    Where are all the NBC naysayers who were sure Fox would overtake them for 2nd place? With Voice outperforming Idol and Revolution doing better than Following, an NBC 2nd place finish is in the bag. And their 8% decline was WITHOUT the Superbowl.

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  • Blake Williams

    Only CBS except I do like ABC’s The Middle, Modern Family, Suburgatory, Nashville, and Revenge….plus Fox’s Bones

  • Man

    Why can’t this site show the top tv shows of the season to date like zap2it?

  • Brian in CT

    Man, I’m with you. A great addition to this site would be the “season-to-date” top 20 (or 25) TV series. I’m sure there are many users that want to keep track of the ratings race among TV shows in addition to that of the networks.

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