2013-2014 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49 & CBS With Total Viewers Through Week 4 Ending October 20, 2013

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October 22nd, 2013

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After four weeks of the 2013-2014 broadcast television season (through Sunday, October 20, 2013), NBC is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.2 rating average, up 3 percent from last season.  CBS  was second, with a 2.6 rating average, down 4 percent from last season. ABC took third with a 2.4, even with last season and FOX took fourth with a 2.3, down 4 percent from last season.  Univsion was fifth with a 1.2, down 14 percent from last season. The CW finished sixth with a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating average, even with the previous season.

Among  total viewers, CBS is ahead for the season  averaging 11.379 million viewers. NBC is second with 9.881m, followed by ABC with 8.726m, FOX with 6.789m,  and CW with 1.565 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.

  • starship

    How the hell is NBC up vs. last season. All of their comedies are way down from last year and The Voice + the dramas are at roughly the same level. Is Sunday Football up or something?

  • Ultima

    These numbers don’t look right; they look like Live+SD ratings, not Most Current ratings.

    Through four weeks last season, the network averages were NBC 3.1, CBS 2.7, FOX 2.5, ABC 2.5; so the year-to-year comparisons should be down drastically if these are actually Most Current ratings.

  • Ultima

    Also, NBC getting a 3.0 rating this week in addition to adding in the Live+7 numbers from week two and then dropping from a 3.1 average to a 2.9 doesn’t seem possible.

  • Agnes

    1. 2 hours of the voice on tuesday vs 1 hour + Go On, New Normal
    2. Chicago Code >> Parenthood Tuesday
    3. Parenthood Thursday >> Rock Centre
    4. Revolution > Animal Practice + that other show (forgot name)

    Offset by weaker Thursday comedies, no Friday yet, Ironside << Chicago Fire.

  • Ultima

    Yeah, these are definitely wrong. Per NBC’s press release, they have a 3.2 rating and CBS has a 2.6.

  • romo

    Just fyi:

    According to my #s yes SNF is up – 2012 21.4m / 2013 22.4m.

  • romo

    NBC press release says 22.7m for SNF.

    The 300,000 more than my # must be add ons to the final #s which do seem to always happens.

  • SJ

    ABC is ahead of Fox! :) I know it won’t last, but at least they’ll be 3rd for the fall.

  • Ultima

    ABC is ahead of Fox! I know it won’t last, but at least they’ll be 3rd for the fall.

    FOX will pass ABC this week and if the World Series isn’t a sweep again, FOX should have no problem finishing the fall well ahead of ABC.

  • Mumbo

    So I’m guessing the order everyone finishes in the spring will be Fox > CBS > NBC > ABC?

    Think ABC will get mercilessly mocked by other ratings sites for being fourth two years in a row the way NBC was?

  • Randy S

    Fall, I think it will be like this:

    1: NBC
    2: CBS
    3: FOX
    4: ABC

    In the spring, probably more like this:

    1: CBS
    2: FOX
    3: ABC
    4: NBC

    I know I’m being optimistic for ABC. Its a shame because of the four broadcast networks, I only like ABC and CBS right now. I have never enjoyed Fox at all, its programs never get my attention (except for Touch). Years ago, I enjoyed ABC and NBC as my top two networks, but NBC’s programs now are awful (especially its comedies).

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