2013-2014 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49 & CBS Tops Total Viewers Through Week 12 Ending December 15, 2013

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December 17th, 2013

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After twelve weeks of the 2013-2014 broadcast television season (through Sunday, December 15, 2013), NBC is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.2 rating average, up a tenth from last season.  CBS was second with a 2.7  adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last season. FOX took third with a 2.5 rating average, up a tenth from last season, and ABC came in fourth with a 2.4, down a tenth from last season. Univsion was fifth with a 1.2, down three tenths  from last season. The CW finished sixth with a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating average, up a tenth from the previous season.

Among  total viewers, CBS is ahead for the season  averaging 11.75 million viewers. NBC is second with 9.90 million, followed by ABC with 8.49 million, FOX with 7.31 million, Univision with 3.21 million and CW with 2.07 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.

  • Max Vrany

    FOX will get about 4-tenths from the Super Bowl and the NFC Championship, but NBC looks to get about 2-tenths from the Olympics (assuming the primetime coverage averages ~7.5). In short, unless NBC tanks miserably after the Olympics (the Voice premieres right after the Olympics, so NBC won’t experience what happen last February this season), the season is theirs to lose.

  • Eve

    What’s the difference between Superbowl and NFC Championship? I don’t know because I’m not from US.

  • tv_viewer

    The Superbowl pits the AFC champion versus the NFC champion. The NFC championship games features the two teams from the National Football Conference against each other. The winner of the NFC championship game plays in the Superbowl.

  • Max Vrany

    @eve, NFC Championship (and AFC Championship) determine who goes to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl typically gets over 105 million viewers, while the Conference championships typically get around 45 or 50 million viewers.

    The Super Bowl is worth about 4-tenths of an A18-49 point on a season average while a Conference championship in primetime adds between one and two tenths of an A18-49 point.

    FOX and CBS rotate which Conference Championship airs in the afternoon and which airs in primetime. FOX, NBC and CBS rotate who gets the Super Bowl. Last year, CBS got lucky and had both the AFC Championship in primetime as well as the Super Bowl and got the average boost. This year FOX gets lucky since they get both the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl in primetime, so they get the boost.


    Looks like NBC may just win (thanks to the Olympics) & CBS may just pull second

  • go NBC

    Go NBC
    Go NBC


  • Max Vrany

    @THE OLD MAN, FOX will pass CBS after the Super Bowl. CBS might be able to catch back up, but that depends on what happens to FOX. (CBS’s show averages don’t figure to change much)

  • Samunto

    Indeed i agree that NBC could possibly take the top spot this season.
    By the way, what will NBC air Mondays from 8-10 in January leading into The Blacklist? I know of the Hollywood Game Night specials on Jan 19th &27th.

    I assume TBL will go to 2hrs Tuesdays.

  • Cory

    @ Samunto

    3 hours of TB repeats on Jan 6 and American Ninja Warrior on Jan 13 from 8-10pm.


    @ Max Vrany

    That’s why I stated CBS just MAY due to what you pointed out.

  • Samunto


    Much thanks. Was in the dark much. Only also found out that Chicago PD is premiering Jan 8 during The Voice last night.

  • Cory

    @ Samunto

    The Voice is airing its S5 finale tonight, Jan 8 is Wednesday.

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