2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 30 Ending April 21, 2013

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April 23rd, 2013

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After thirty weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, April 21, 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 2.2, 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 12.078 million viewers. ABC is second with 7.830m, followed by FOX with 7.079m, NBC with 7.035m, and CW with 1.794 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.

  • Fred

    Highly unlikely NBC can beat FOX by next month.
    NBC lost to FOX this week . I guess The Voice is simply not strong enough to make up for many more hours of horrible ratings.
    NBC will be OK next season, thanks to the OLYMPICS. But they seriously need help with scripted shows especially sitcoms.
    Simply crazy that NBC is in third place (with 18-49 demo) and fourth place overall, even with the NFL and The Voice.
    NBC better utilize the OLYMPICS shrewdly for promotional purposes. They should gain at least one new solid scripted show from it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Unrounded numbers, feel free to disregard less significant digits

    FOX 2.519939348
    NBC 2.385126464
    ABC 2.245543365

    NBC needs to beat FOX by 0.81/week to pass them by the end of the season. Not happening.
    ABC needs to beat NBC by 0.84/week to pass them by the end of the season. Not happening.

    I don’t even thing ABC’s PR folks are going to be able to smoke and mirrors a tie rounded to a single tenth. I don’t think that NBC can fall to a 2.2 average by the end of the season.

  • DenverDean

    @Bill Gorman Will TBTN “pick-up” Zap2it’s season-to-date chart for the individual series? It’s the only thing site has never tracked. It’s stuck on March 24 (which actually was a repeat of March 17).

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@Bill Gorman Will TBTN “pick-up” Zap2it’s season-to-date chart for the individual series? It’s the only thing site has never tracked. It’s stuck on March 24 (which actually was a repeat of March 17).”


    The season to date and “top 25″ posts get so little traffic, that adding another one doesn’t make sense for us.

  • Fred

    Here is what the ABC press release might look like:

    ABC handily defeated the NFL and Voice fueled NBC with women 25-56 growing double digits with women 18-34. ABC was able to surge nearly 100% on Friday beating out all major English speaking networks.
    Bachelor continued to soar with young women 12-17 and grow week to week vs the last cycle with women 18-49 a whopping 17%.
    Dancing With The Stars (spring run) nearly matched The Voice and American Idol with overall viewers and remained in the top ten, topping all of NBC’s Voice dependent sitcoms on Tuesday. Plus DWTS topped NBC’s highly promoted post Voice, Bachelor inspired Ready For Love by a incredible 175% among women across the board.

    Congratulations to ABC for a fantastic 2012-2013 season performance!

  • Ultima

    The race for overall #1 show…

    NBC Sunday Night Football – 21.44 million viewers (official)

    NCIS – 21.43 million viewers (unofficial)

    If NCIS does not improve from its last two original episodes (22.075 Live+7 for 26 March, 17.216 Live+SD for 9 April), it will finish behind SNF.

    In reality, NCIS is probably #1 at the moment (due to small Live+7 boosts for repeats); the reason it needs better numbers going forward is that right now it only has one original episode with Live+SD ratings, but it will have two in the final rankings (for the final two weeks).

  • psychic

    With a monster like The Big Bang Theory? No doubt they do.

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  • CrazedNovelist

    CW looks much better than the last week. Probably due to the return on Beauty and The Beast, The Vampire Diaries, and Hart of Dixie.

  • TV Addict

    NBC third two years in a row after a bunch coming in 4th? I’ll take that.

  • Danimals

    So CBS is down one tenth, Fox is down 7 tenths while NBC and ABC down by 2 tenths, and lastly the CW is down one tenth. Looks like Fox is a BIG loser while CBS is the winner here.

  • DenverDean

    @ Bill Gorman Thanks for reply. It’s too bad it got so little traffic. I bet if it was on TBTN, it will get more play, but understand you gotta go where the “numbers” are!

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