2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 33 Ending May 12, 2013

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May 14th, 2013

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After thirty three weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, May 12, 2013), CBS is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 2.9 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 4% from last season. ABC was fourth with a 2.2, down 12% 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 11.917 million viewers. ABC is second with 7.818m, followed by FOX with 7.061m, NBC with 6.969m, and CW with 1.780 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.

  • Matt

    The Voice is the only reason why NBC is number 3 in the demo rankings and number 4 in viewers, otherwise…

  • Anthony

    The Voice is the only reason why NBC is number 3 in the demo rankings and number 4 in viewers, otherwise…

    What’s your point? NBC commissioned the Voice and it contributes to the bottom line. Why shouldn’t it count? The same could be said with every network and their top rated show (that it’s the reason they rate so high).

  • EatMorePez


    And American Idol is the only reason FOX was #1 for 10 straight years.

  • RJ


    ~0.4 added? If I’m not mistaken, the Super Bowl only added 0.1 to NBC last year, so I can’t see it adding 0.4 to CBS’ average this season, even with the AFC game.

  • romo

    I think 0.4 is correct….the super bowl 0.3 + champ game 0.1.

  • Anthony


    Bill has always said that the Superbowl adds around .3 and the Conf Championship games will add .1 to the season average.

    From his article last May:

    “CBS will win the season adults 18-49 ratings crown for the 2012-13 season for the first time in 20 years (the last time was 1991-92).

    Why is my guess such an easy one?

    Football (and maybe a bit baseball).

    CBS is likely to finish two tenths of an adults 18-49 ratings point behind Fox this season (3.0 to 3.2)
    CBS will have the Super Bowl next season (+0.3 ratings points for CBS)
    CBS will have the AFC Championship game in primetime next season (+0.1 point for CBS)
    FOX will not have the NFC Championship game in primetime next season, like they did this season (-0.1 points for FOX)
    FOX is unlikely to get another seven game World Series like they did this season (unknown, but likely negative effect for Fox)”

  • romo

    & just fyi for fox its actually worth 0.6:

    “Fox will get ~0.5 from the Super Bowl (fewer hours in their average), and ~0.1 from the Championship game.”

  • jupiter3765

    this is not fair why is abc is in fourth place

  • romo

    Cause they suck.

  • Fred

    ABC’s scripted average is quite a bit higher than NBC and FOX.
    ABC doesn’t have the NFL or a monster reality contest anymore. That is the reason they are in 4th.
    Their poor ranking probably wont change for a while. Next season FOX has the Super Bowl and NBC has Olympics.
    Unless FOX’s X FACTOR/IDOL totally collapse and NBC’s VOICE begins to erode, I can’t see ABC moving up.

  • chezmoi

    Why don’t CBS or ABC dub NCIS in Spanish for US audiences…like the Europeans in Spain get for one of the SPanish language channels?

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