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2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 28 Ending April 7, 2013

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April 9th, 2013

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

 

After twenty-eight weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, April 7, 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 12.158 million viewers. ABC is second with 7.856m, followed by FOX with 7.095m, NBC with 7.069m, and CW with 1.821 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

    C’mon NBC. Tie with FOX for second place!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Unrounded numbers

    FOX 2.533902649
    NBC 2.392851033
    ABC 2.271546155

    NBC needs to beat Fox by 0.56/week to catch them by the end of the season.
    ABC needs to beat NBC by 0.48/week to catch them by the end of the season.

  • bob

    Great job CBS. Best network on TV (out of the four).

  • romo

    So if the super bowl & late championship game are worth 0.3 then if this was next year:
    fox 2.8
    cbs 2.7

  • serg

    Is it really necessary to list 9 decimals ? This isn’t astrophysics and the ratings system is hardly accurate.

  • Baqinardo

    With Idol’s getting weaker and The Following and Bones will be ended soon, i think NBC has a chance to tie FOX. Especially if Ready for Love will have strong ratings.

  • Ultima

    @Baqinardo
    With Idol’s getting weaker and The Following and Bones will be ended soon, i think NBC has a chance to tie FOX.

    The Voice has been back for two weeks and all that NBC has managed to do is tie FOX.

    Sure, FOX is going to lose a bit of steam while NBC has Ready for Love and a few extra hours of The Voice, but that’s not enough for them to consistently beat FOX by more than 0.5 per week.

  • Fred

    ABC is at a 2.3 w/o the SUPER BOWL, NFL, VOICE, IDOL/FACTOR…. The best unscripted they have is BACHELOR, DWTS and SHARK TANK. Those shows don’t come close to the aforementioned programs. But ABC is still very close to NBC’s 2.4 and FOX’s 2.5.
    Main reason is because ABC is fairly strong with scripted shows: MODERN FAMILY, GREY’S, SCANDAL, OUAT, CASTLE etc…..

  • Mikey

    Are you guys going to start posting the season to date top 20 total viewer rankings that Zap2it used to post every Tuesday? Last it was:

    1. NCIS
    2. Sunday Night Football
    3. Big Bang Theory
    etc.

    Would be cool if you guys did that too. I know everything is 18 – 49 these days, but those averages were something that interests me and I am sure many others.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Are you guys going to start posting the season to date top 20 total viewer rankings that Zap2it used to post every Tuesday? Last it was:

    1. NCIS
    2. Sunday Night Football
    3. Big Bang Theory
    etc.

    Would be cool if you guys did that too. I know everything is 18 – 49 these days, but those averages were something that interests me and I am sure many others.”

    Probably not.

    I know it’s something that Zap2it used to do, but the weekly top 25 posts, the network weekly and season to date posts already get so little traffic that it doesn’t make sense to add another “season to date top 25″ post to the workload.

  • Ultima

    @Mikey

    As far as the race for #1 is concerned, NCIS is ever so slightly ahead of Sunday Night Football at the moment.

    My unofficial average for NCIS is 21.466 million viewers and the official average for SNF is 21.443.

    The actual average for NCIS is slightly higher, but I’m not entirely sure why. Presumably, it’s from repeats getting Live+7 bumps (as odd as that sounds), but I don’t have the numbers to confirm.

    In any case, NCIS should finish #1 as long as Nielsen doesn’t count next week’s repeat (which CBS moved to 9pm) and CBS pulls/moves the final week’s repeat as well.

  • Mikey

    Thanks Ultima. Just curious more or less to see if The Voice ends up beating Idol in total viewers and to see if Big Bang finishes above the 19mil mark for the season. Last sitcoms to post those size numbers were Raymond and Friends.

    @Bill said “I know it’s something that Zap2it used to do, but the weekly top 25 posts, the network weekly and season to date posts already get so little traffic that it doesn’t make sense to add another “season to date top 25? post to the workload.”

    have you ever thought about combining all of those, including season to date top 25, into one post, thus increasing traffic?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “have you ever thought about combining all of those, including season to date top 25, into one post, thus increasing traffic?”

    Combining them wouldn’t reduce the workload that much, and would almost certainly decrease the total traffic.

    I’ve argued in the past that we should simply drop all the weekly ratings posts because they get so little traffic.

  • Mikey

    Your site, your call. I miss the days when season to date viewer totals mattered.

  • Holly

    @Mikey,

    I miss the days when season to date viewer totals mattered.

    The 1960s?

  • Mikey

    Was waiting for the snark. It’s usually quicker on this site.

  • Fred

    NBC will have a tougher time beating FOX than first anticipated.
    Voice is only 3 hours a week. Most other hours, NBC is getting creamed.
    Shows like Ready For Love aren’t doing NBC any favors.
    Many of the scripted shows are performing awful as well. Especially the sitcoms.

  • CookyMonzta

    HEY! Where’s the list of the top 20 shows to date?

  • andri

    Whensoever Bones bows out, new girl is cancelled w /Mindy project, fox will eventually
    tie with Nbc.till then people cross their toes.as for Nbc getting craked, it best carry the 2013 regular season to the Superbowl.

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