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.

  • Justin

    I have a feeling that Fox will be in trouble next year since they don’t have any strong scripted shows and American Idol and The X Factor don’t pull in big ratings anymore. The same goes for NBC since they can’t rely on The Voice forever.

  • Fred


    NBC will be fine next season. Unless the Voice collapses, NFL goes on strike and Olympics cancels the games.

  • Fred

    @Bill Gorman

    Thanks for the stat.

    I am very excited about next seasons ratings race.

  • Justin121

    FOX is guaranteed to win next season thanks to Super Bowl.

    NBC and CBS will battle it out for second.

    FOX + Super Bowl = 3.0

    NBC + Olympics = 2.7

    CBS – Super Bowl = 2.7

    ABC will be fourth.

  • Fred


    True about FOX, if everything stays about the same as this year. However if X Factor and/or Idol collapse next season…..
    Don’t forget each of those shows take up 3 hours a week the entire season.

    Also NBC might be a bit stronger than expected because of the glow the Olympics may provide for regular NBC programs. NBC will most likely promote their shows like crazy during the Olympics.

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