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2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 29 Ending April 14, 2013

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April 16th, 2013

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After twenty-nine weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, April 14, 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 22% from last season. NBC was third with a 2.4, down 8% from last season. ABC was fourth with a 2.3, down 4% 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 12.145 million viewers. ABC is second with 7.838m, followed by FOX with 7.094m, NBC with 7.037m, and CW with 1.807 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.

 
  • romo

    CW needs to avg 17 pts per remaining weeks to catch cbs for #1.

  • 0mega

    For all the handwringing about how horrible NBC has been doing this season, it looks like FOX is doing much worse (compared to last season).

  • Fred

    Hard to believe ABC is a 2.3 just .1 behind NFL/Voice powered NBC.
    Goes to show you how low NBC’s scripted shows (mostly sitcoms) are performing. Or how well ABC’s scripted shows are doing (Modern, Grey’s, Scandal…)
    NBC needs to cancel just about every sitcom except P&R. If Community has enough eps for syndication cancel it too. If not, NBC should just air the minimum next season.
    Voice dependent Go On needs to exit the schedule. It simply is a disaster when not airing after the Voice.
    Whitney and New Normal also don’t warrant renewals.

  • Max Vrany

    ABC can’t catch up now. Their only hope is for their PR department to make everyone believe ABC and NBC “tied” at 2 and simultaneously ignore the “fact” that FOX and CBS averaged a 3!

    Rounding is everything!

  • outlawz

    C.Beast.S

  • Fred

    Never can understand why there are so few comments here every week.
    So much to discuss because its about every major network.
    FOX and NBC are so close. It may even end up a tie by season end.

    Next season NBC should enjoy an improvement due to the OLYMPICS.
    And FOX should see some gains because of the SUPER BOWL and the promotion it provides to other FOX programs.
    So it looks likes we are in for another exciting ratings race next season!

  • zth

    @Fred:

    NBC might end up ahead of FOX after all. The Voice is performing at a whole different level than American Idol.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Unrounded numbers. Feel free to ignore less significant digits.

    FOX 2.526766421
    NBC 2.383119069
    ABC 2.256157238

    NBC needs to beat Fox by 0.69/week to pass them.
    ABC needs to beat NBC by 0.61/week to pass them.

    Neither is going to happen, although as Max Vrany pointed out, PR folks are masters of the rounding, and ABC may be able to smoke and mirrors up some face saving.

    “Never can understand why there are so few comments here every week.”

    Relatively nobody cares. Most people care about shows (some too much perhaps), not networks.

  • Fred

    @zth

    True about the Voice. But there are many other hours on NBC that are hurting badly. That is why NBC hasn’t caught up with FOX yet.

    ABC is performing modestly most of the week. Although not achieving Voice like #s, solid ratings nonetheless. That is why ABC is so close to NBC.

  • ffas1234

    Comparing with last season, surprisingly it appears ABC is doing the best with the least % drop. CBS, even with the SB this year, is still down vs last year? Though it’s a foregone conclusion they they will take this year’s demo crown.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Comparing with last season, surprisingly it appears ABC is doing the best with the least % drop.”

    Worth noting that NBC had the Super Bowl *last* year, and if you factor it out of last season’s ratings they’d be slightly up year to year.

  • Ultima

    @zth
    NBC might end up ahead of FOX after all. The Voice is performing at a whole different level than American Idol.

    Yet since the return of The Voice, FOX has done better overall than NBC.

    Weekly Ratings
    FOX – 1.6, 1.7, 1.9
    NBC – 1.6, 1.7, 1.7

    There’s absolutely no way that NBC beats FOX by ~0.7 a week for the rest of the season.

  • Fred

    Basically NBC has the monster VOICE and some solid dramas such as REVOLUTION, PARENTHOOD, CHICAGO FIRE, GRIMM and LAW & ORDER (aging, but still OK for NBC). No sitcom hits, although PARKS & RECREATION has potential to become one. Cheap weight loss program BIGGEST LOSER may be profitable, but ratings are fairly weak. But profitable DATELINE is a worthy newsmagazine for Friday.

    ABC has a much more complicated situation. It has the former monster, but still a hit MODERN FAMILY, surprisingly still strong GREY’S, fastest growing drama this season SCANDAL, solid CASTLE, great performers (considering the cost) BACHELOR , SHARK TANK (King of Friday), 20/20 AFHV, solid performers MIDDLE, SUBURGATORY(underperforming lately)HOW TO LIVE and LAST MAN STANDING (good for Friday) and lastly the sinking but still OK, OUAT, REVENGE and DWTS.
    I realize I left off Body of Proof, Nashville , Neighbors and Malibu Country. All of these shows are hurting ABC’s average. But some of these do have a chance to grow into solid hits one day. I see ABC renewing at least one or perhaps 2 of these low rated shows.

    FOX’s strongest shows are still IDOL and X FACTOR. They probably have just one more season, maybe 2 left in them. Animation shows are showing signs of weakness as well, especially the aging Simpsons. FOX is in a better position than NBC with sitcoms (NEW GIRL and RAISING HOPE) and the potential to be a hit MINDY PROJECT. BONES, FOLLOWING and GLEE are solid dramas. The FOX cooking contests KITCHEN NIGHTMARE and HELLS KITCHEN are cheap and most likely profitable, but getting old fast.

    I almost never comment on #1 CBS and #5 CW. I guess because CBS is ahead so much and CW is behind so far.

  • Fred

    @romo

    I just noticed your hilarious comment.
    I’m still laughing!

    Needed that, having a pretty awful week.

  • Fred

    I forgot to mention NBC’s fading but still potent Celebrity Apprentice and Americas Got Talent. Probably because I loathe both and the AGT is a summer show anyway.

  • Bob

    CBS is the best network on TV. I am glad that the majority of shows I watch come from this incredible network.

  • PurpleDrazi

    I’m curious how CBS would do without the SuperBowl numbers. I’m guessing they would still be fairly high. They may not have The Voice but they have TBBT and NCIS to bring in the big numbers as well as several steady mid-range performers.

  • Fred

    @PurpleDrazi

    I believe the SuperBowl was worth around .3 points for CBS. So CBS would still be king w/o it.
    The bigger question : Does NBC have a chance to beat CBS with the Olympics next season? The promotion the Olympics provides for NBC programing also must be accounted for.

  • PurpleDrazi

    @Fred
    Does NBC have a chance to beat CBS with the Olympics next season?

    I’m a sucker for the underdog so I’m rooting for them. To be honest,though, I hardly watch anything on NBC anymore.

    As for CBS, when people keep asking “why do they make the same stupid procedurals” I will point to this post and say “This is why. Because people watch them and they are currently kicking @ss in the ratings.”

    )I am not a spammer…but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn express last night.):-)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The bigger question : Does NBC have a chance to beat CBS with the Olympics next season? The promotion the Olympics provides for NBC programing also must be accounted for.”

    The last Winter Olympics added about 0.3 to NBC’s season average, roughly the same as a Super Bowl would.

    Note that a Super Bowl adds about 0.5 to Fox’s avg due to the fact they broadcast fewer hrs/week.

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