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NBC is Number One Among Adults 18-49, but CBS Leads With Total Viewers in Week 8 Ending November 17, 2013

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November 19th, 2013

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In week 8 of the broadcast television season ending Sunday, November 17, 2013,  NBC was number one among adults 18-49 with a 2.8 rating average. FOX was second with a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating average and CBS took third with  a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating average and ABC was fourth with a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating average. Univision was fifth with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, and The CW finished sixth with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating average.

CBS won the week with total viewers, with 9.78 million viewers, ahead of second place NBC with 8.80 million viewers. ABC was third with 6.63 million followed by  FOX with 6.09 millionUnivision with 3.51 million and the CW with 1.79 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.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • tvd

    why is the CW always last!!!

  • Anthony

    Wow, pretty terrible numbers for a sweeps period. NBC and Fox are the only networks at or over a 2.0.

  • Fred

    @Anthony

    Sweeps period is not what it used to be. Back in the days viewership spiked in Nov, Feb and May because of special episodes, miniseries/movies, specials etc…..
    But in recent years “sweeps” is very similar to a regular month. I hardly notice a difference.

  • Anthony

    Sweeps period is not what it used to be. Back in the days viewership spiked in Nov, Feb and May because of special episodes, miniseries/movies, specials etc…..
    But in recent years “sweeps” is very similar to a regular month. I hardly notice a difference.

    I’m well aware that sweeps periods are not as important as they have been in the past, but they still program the month aggressively. Pretty much so far this month, the networks have aired virtually all original programming, and have aired plenty of specials/premieres (NBC has had several special airings of the Voice, Fox premiered Almost Human, many will be airing JFK specials). So yes, not as important, but pretty pitiful that in a month that is largely full of original programming, they can’t even muster a 2.0.

  • Cory

    Even if Big 4 aired specials, mini-series, TV movies during sweeps, that type of shows still wouldn’t get good ratings, too much competition, streaming, illegal download etc.

    If mini-series and TV movies could get high 2s and low 3s, they would be back.

  • Fred

    @Anthony

    I completely agree with you.

    @Cory

    Perhaps the networks should pursue high profile TV movies or Mini Series again. Might do well because viewers will know there is a end and it wont take all season. UNDER THE DOME was supposed to just that. And it did AMAZING #s in the summer. Imagine during the sweeps period?

  • Cory

    @Fred

    I think that network should return those formats, Stephen King’s adaptions could perform well, one of the reason why networks abandonded mini-series could be that they were skewing old, I know that War and Remembrance and Sinatra did and since Sundays are all about football and cable maybe this format could find some traction.

  • Fred

    @Cory

    Same here. But when these “Limited Series” score big, the networks get greedy and order more eps and sometimes another season or more. Under The Dome was already starting to bore me towards the end of the summer, not planning on catching season 2. I strongly doubt UTD will be huge again. But probably will do OK.

    I think FOX’s Prison Break was also supposed to be limited.

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