NBC is Number One Among Adults 18-49, CBS Tops With Total Viewers in Week 4 Ending October 20, 2013

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October 22nd, 2013

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In week 4 of the broadcast television season ending Sunday, October 20, 2013, NBC was number one among adults 18-49 with a 3.0 rating average. CBS took second, with  a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating average. ABC took third with a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, and FOX was fourth with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. The CW finished fifth with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating average.

CBS won the week with total viewers, with 10.150 million viewers, ahead of second place NBC with 9.390 million viewers. ABC was third with 7.040 million. FOX was fourth with 6.150 million, followed by  the CW with 1.880 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.

You can see last week's broadcast network primetime weekly TV ratings results here.

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  • casey

    Does the number for NBC include Sunday night football, if so does anyone know the rating without football

  • Ray

    I think it does include SNF. If it wasn’t for that (and The Voice), NBC would probably be lower than ABC. CBS is doing pretty good and definitely is the strongest of the big four (not including sports programming).

  • romo

    Yes includes SNF.

    Why wouldnt it ? its a show.

  • Joe

    All this talk of not including football in NBC’s final count is absurd. Sunday Night Football is an NBC show. NBC pays millions for primetime football — it’s part of its primetime schedule, so of course it’s included. And yes, The Voice helps NBC’s ratings too. As does Blacklist. Obviously it’s ratings would be much lower without their top-rated shows.

    Take out “Big Bang” and “NCIS” and CBS’ ratings drop dramatically. Take out “Modern Family” and “Dancing Stars” and ABC’s ratings drop dramatically. Take out “Sleepy Hollow” and “X-Factor” and Fox’s ratings drop dramatically. So what exactly is your point?

  • hanp


    That’s a very good argument. Can we have recalculation please? lol.
    Curious who comes first and who comes last?

  • Christian

    @Ray if you take out football, CBS falls below ABC so ABC is stronger. Sorry to burst your bubble!

  • tv_viewer

    I calculated the week 4 averages using rounded ratings of the shows, unlike Amanda who probably used ratings beyond the first digit after the decimal point like 2.04. I would have used 2.0. My numbers are different than Amanda’s.

    My week 4 averages:

    NBC 2.9
    CBS 2.1
    ABC 1.9
    FOX 1.9

    Football should be included in the ratings because the networks paid for it. But football isn’t around all television season. If one is interested in the ratings for the other half of the television season when football season is over, the ratings excluding football may provide a clue.

    Ratings for 4th week (excluding 0.5 hours of football overrun for CBS, 3 hours of college football for ABC, 2.5 hours of Sunday Night Football for NBC, and the baseball playoffs on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday for Fox)

    1. NBC 2.0
    2. CBS 2.0 (actually a little below 2.0 but rounding up to 2.0)
    3. ABC 1.9 (actually a little below 1.9 but rounding up to 1.9)
    4. Fox 1.5

    Fox’s 1.5 might be unfair because this is based only on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. On Sunday Fox aired all repeats and this past Friday Fox aired one new program (Masterchef Junior) and one repeat (Sleepy Hollow).

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