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2013-2014 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49 & CBS Tops Total Viewers Through Week 13 Ending December 22, 2013

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December 26th, 2013

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After thirteen weeks of the 2013-2014 broadcast television season (through Sunday, December 22, 2013), NBC is in first place among adults 18-49, with a 3.1 rating average, even with last season.  CBS was second with a 2.7  adults 18-49 rating, down 4 percent from last season. FOX took third with a 2.4 rating average, even with last season, and ABC came in fourth with a 2.3, down 4 percent from last season. Univsion was fifth with a 1.2, down 20 percent  from last season. The CW finished sixth with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating average, even with the previous season.

Among  total viewers, CBS is ahead for the season  averaging 11.625 million viewers. NBC is second with 9.878 million, followed by ABC with 8.325 million, FOX with 7.109 million, Univision with 3.2 million and CW with 2.0 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.

 
  • Juan

    Univision 20% drop from last season. That’s huge.

  • Bright

    Would be nice to know what their scripted programs average is as well. Some of them depend so much on sports but then you don’t really know the health of their schedule.

  • Ultima

    @Bright
    Would be nice to know what their scripted programs average is as well.

    CBS 2.2, ABC 2.0, FOX 1.9, NBC 1.7

    Note that those are Live+SD averages (not most current) and do not include repeat airings.

  • Dan S

    With the Winter Olympics NBC is poised to win the season. Their biggest obstacle is fixing Thur nights but that will have to wait until next year. Looks like ABC & Fox will be battling for 3rd place but I give the edge to Fox.

  • NBC Fan

    Does anybody know why Univision is down so much?

  • Chris J

    @Dan S

    Fox has the Super Bowl this season. They may end up beating CBS for second with ABC in dead last place.

  • Carmen

    @ Chris J.

    Fox has the Super Bowl this season. They may end up beating CBS for second with ABC in dead last place.

    I wouldn’t be so sure about NBC not winding up 3rd by the end of the season.

    Football is gone and the Winter Olympics are not the monster draw you think they are and they only last 2 weeks.
    The Voice is winding down a bit and the rest of the NBC scripted line up (sans Blacklist) is very weak.

    This is the same position NBC was in last year at the break and they fell to 3rd. We’ll see if the Olympics can hold them up for 2nd. I doubt it.

  • Eve

    @ChrisJ, @Carmen,

    How much difference makes the Superbowl? I mean, as far as I know, it’s just one night (a huge night, to be honest) but how high it rates?

    And for the Olympics, it’s two weeks, it has benefits like shows promotion and even if I don’t have any idea about how much it rates, it might be able to reach Superbowl ratings like adding those two weeks to NBC’s average.

    Again, I don’t have a clue so I would like you guys to light me up.

    Sorry for my english.

  • Edward

    Without Sports, I believe NBC’s entertainment programming still has them tied for first with CBS this year.

  • Eve

    @Edward

    Yes and NBC will not have an awful February like they had last year. I also think they will finish second or first. For sure.

  • Pete5125

    Yeah Feb and May Sweeps On Thur. will be sitcom free they will have Olympics and specials, then just air original sitcom episodes during non sweeps periods just like the last sweeps.

    Thur night is next years problem, I will be surprised if it is still Must See TV sitcoms, my guess is Biggest Loser, or a 2nd cycle of America Got’s talent, or another Reality show to lead at 8PM, they just Don’t have anything comedy wise to take on Big Bang without getting slaughtered, followed by The Black List, and The Chicago fire spin-off

    Move Comedies to Friday, launch new comedies out of the Voice on Tue, it was a solid plan Sean Saves the World isn’t bad MJF needed something big to launch it.

    Parenthood save for schedule spackle or give it back Tue at 10 if nothing else is good enough to launch, it actually did pretty good on tue and is the best ratted show on Thur

  • Dan S

    Now that Parenthood has reached syndication it’s not a safe bet it’ll return next season. It’s ratings have been consistently in the low 1′s on Thur & has never been a ratings powerhouse. I wouldn’t be surprised to see NBC’s entire Thur lineup fed to the bear even my personal fav P&R. They need a clean slate on Thur next season & has been previously suggested move The Blacklist to Thur @ 9 next fall.

  • Carmen

    @ Eve
    And for the Olympics, it’s two weeks, it has benefits like shows promotion and even if I don’t have any idea about how much it rates, it might be able to reach Superbowl ratings like adding those two weeks to NBC’s average.

    The Olympics will likely help NBC’s average ratings. But there are 2 things to also consider.

    1) While NBC is showing the Olympics, it also means that they are not showing The Voice or Blacklist – The 2 shows that (after Football, of course) were able to get them to their current 1st place standing.
    If other words, the Olympics are not all gain, there is some offset loss.

    2) Most of the Olympics coverage in the USA is not live. Most of the results are already known before prime time (8:00-11:00) occurs in the US.

    This 2nd factor had a pretty good impact on the ratings of the Summer Olympics (2012).

    Add this to the fact that the Winter Olympics are not nearly as popular as the Summer Olympics and there can be reasons to suspect that the upcoming Winter Olympics – although sure to short term help – may not be this ratings juggernaut that some believe.

    On your first point, though, it can’t be argued that the Olympics provide an advertisement forum for their new and old shows. But that, also, is not likely to have any type of lasting effect. Again 2 reasons

    1) If there shows are already failing – or in trouble – there is probably a reason for it. People don’t like the shows.
    I suppose that network cheerleaders will claim that this exposure will drive people to sample their (in this case NBC) shows.

    I always maintain that that premise is highly doubtful. For newer shows, 1st or, especially, 2nd+ seasons, most people have already sampled them at some point and didn’t stick around.
    A 2 week desperation blitz won’t help anything but the very short term.

    2) The newer shows (i.e. mid season replacements either new or old spackle) are mid season replacements for a reason.
    That is, they simply havn’t been judged as good as the shows that were put on in the fall.
    But never say never, as some will be quick to point out, a few. . that’s a very few. .. mid season replacements have surprised, but not enough to move away from the position that they weren’t judged as good in the first place.

  • Cory

    @Carmen

    NBC will not show The Voice and The Blacklist because Oympics will be every night, NBC could have higher average with Olympics on Monday than with TV/TB combo, they had 5.0 average for 2 weeks with last WO, also other networks will air mostly repeats.

    The good thing is that TV, TB and CF will return right after Olympics, we’ll have to wait and see how Chicago PD will perform but NBC’s main problem is gonna be Thursday, Sundays are already looking more like Friday for Big 4 regardless what NBC puts in midseason on that night.

    It’s gonna be tight race between NBC, CBS and FOX.

  • Eve

    @Carmen

    Even if I have not seen ratings for any Olympic Games, I think that Winter Olympics rate higher than any show on NBC (except Football, of course) and will be able to beat the 3.2 that the network averages on Mondays (The Voice-The Blacklist) and of course, the rest of the week.

    And about the shows promotion, I think that your point may or not be true. I highly doubt that people who watch CBS’ comedies have ever seen SSTW or MJFS. NBC needs to fix Thursday, they have single-cam comedies there, so they have to promote them like hell. I don’t know, maybe airing some episode after the Olympic “resume” that they will air. Also they have rookies for Sunday and that NEEDS promotion to -at least- survive against cable beasts.

    Again, sorry for my english.

  • Carmen

    @ Cory

    NBC could have higher average with Olympics on Monday than with TV/TB combo, they had 5.0 average for 2 weeks with last WO,

    That won’t be the case this time.. Don’t forget that the last Winter Olympics was in Vancouver.
    That’s Canada and Pacific Time. This time they are from Russia with a 7 hour time difference. The results will be known and regardless of what anyone wants to claim, this will impact the ratings.

    I’m not about to claim that the Olympics are going to come in with a 2.1 demo and 7 million viewers. .. not by a long shot, but I wouldn’t look for blockbuster ratings either.
    With regard to NBC holding on this time (as opposed to last year), they have a better shot because of the Olympics. But I think that their very poor scripted show average will do them in by the end of the season.

  • rob60990

    That idiot Joseph goes on and on that Univision will soon dominate the broadcast networks. It is not even close.

  • Juan

    Univision has very weak telenovelas this seasons. All there primetime is suffering. They even had to juggle their programming by moving shows arounds. They took out the 10pm primetime telenovela and moved it to 7pm….FYI…Hispanic primetime is from 7pm-11pm. But for statiscal averages they use the standard 8-11pm.

  • Jose

    Hmm, I wonder why Telemundo isn’t even mentioned. That television network is the worst!

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