2012-2013 Season: CBS Leads Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers Through Week 35 Ending May 26, 2013

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May 29th, 2013

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After thirty-five weeks of the 2012-2013 broadcast television season (through Sunday, May 26, 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 2.3, 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 11.751 million viewers. ABC is second with 7.843m, followed by FOX with 7.002m, NBC with 6.946m, and CW with 1.765 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

    2.3 for NBC is awful considering it has The Voice and NFL. Very weak scripted programing. Lost to FOX by .2 even with declining X Factor/Idol.
    2.2 for ABC is not too terrible. No sports or monster reality shows. Fairly strong scripted shows though.

  • Michael

    NBC has extremely weak scripted programming. Now I know why NBC practically cleaned house.

  • PatF

    CBS’ gap in total viewers is amazing.

  • rob60990

    Pathetic for NBC. They only beat ABC by a tenth.

  • romo

    Is that the end of the season ?

  • rob60990

    oh these are through the 26th, the season ended on the 22nd. We should see official Live + 7 averages in a couple of weeks.

  • Fred

    Earlier this season, most predicted NBC would average higher and possibly defeat FOX.
    Kind of odd that the NFL and THE VOICE really don’t do a good job of promoting NBC’s other shows.

  • josh2770

    of course C-completely
    is in first! this is what dennis would call it C-complete

  • jupiter3765

    nbc is in really bad shape and needs a revolution

  • agnes

    And if you strip out the superbowl and championship, CBS got a 2.5.

    And with ageing shows, expect them to average less than ABC next season.

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