2013-2014 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49 & CBS With Total Viewers Through Week 3 Ending October 13, 2013

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October 15th, 2013

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After three weeks of the 2013-2014 broadcast television season (through Sunday, October 13, 2013), NBC is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.1 rating average, up 3 percent from last season.  CBS  was second, with a 2.5 rating average, down 4 percent from last season. ABC and FOX tied for third with a 2.3, even, and down 8 percent respectively.  Univsion was fifth with a 1.3, down 7 percent from last season. The CW finished sixth with a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating average, even with the previous season.

Among  total viewers, CBS is ahead for the season  averaging 11.020 million viewers. NBC is second with 9.520m, followed by ABC with 8.100m, FOX with 6.600m, Univision with 3.300m and CW with 1.320 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.

  • Anthony

    Interesting that despite each network having some massive disappointments this season, they are largely flat year over year (Fox being the highest percentage change at 6% down). Guess their successes for the season have (so far) cancelled out the negative effect of those failures. Univision being down double digits is also interesting, are they finally seeing the upper limit of their mass appeal?

  • j

    Plus wasn’t there election coverage last year that depressed ratings somewhat?

  • Andrew

    NBC’s ratings are so inflated though because of Football and The Voice. Everything else on the Network is doing really bad.

  • Ultima

    This is the first week of season averages to include Live+7 ratings. While only FOX (and the CW) were up from last week in Live+SD, every network saw an increase in their season averages… except for Univision.

    While it’s not surprising that Univision isn’t seeing much Live+7 boost with their programming being primarily telenovelas, it does serve to illustrate the huge hill the network has to climb to break into the top four.

  • cas127

    Adding in cable, what are the total persons using television (PUT) P2 and 18-49 numbers?

    Looking at the broadcast numbers it looks like P2 and 18-49 would have a hard time breaking 33% for all of television.

    (Looking at HH numbers creates a misleading impression because 2.6 member households may only have a single viewer watching – yet the whole household would be credited for television use for the purposes of household ratings…)

  • Joe

    Fox is in trouble. New Girl is way down. Glee is fading. X-Factor drops each year, and no doubt Idol will do the same. Only thing going for Fox is Sleepy Hollow and a potentially strong World Series. Remember just a few years ago when they were canceling solid performers (Chicago Code) just to make way for new programs (Terra Nova)?

  • Fred



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