2013-2014 Season: NBC Leads Among Adults 18-49 & CBS Tops Total Viewers Through Week 14 Ending December 29, 2013

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December 31st, 2013

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After fourteen weeks of the 2013-2014 broadcast television season (through Sunday, December 29, 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 2.6  adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last season. FOX and ABC tied for third with a each earning a  2.3 rating average,  both down a tenth from last season. Univsion was fifth with a 1.1, down two tenths from last season. The CW finished sixth with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating average, even with the previous season.

Among  total viewers, CBS is ahead for the season  averaging 11.39 million viewers. NBC is second with 9.73 million, followed by ABC with 8.13 million, FOX with 6.93 million, Univision with 3.13 million and CW with 1.99 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.

  • Androme

    NBC is number one in the fall. I think we might as well get used to that.

  • Carmen

    Yep. football carries them to that.

    And then football is over for NBC and they go into free fall. Last year they barely held onto 3rd. This time with the Olympics they may hold 2nd.

    CBS will pass them on the overall network strength. It remains to be seen about Fox. That will depend on how much (or if) Idol comes back.

    One thing is sure, NBC is going to drop significantly. There regular schedule is very poor.

  • Max Vrany

    NBC has the Winter Olympics. They can’t crash until March, and since they aren’t holding the Voice until the end of March this year, their spring will go better than last year’s.

  • Fred

    NBC will probably be champion by the end of May. Not just because of the Olympics, but also the spring edition of Voice.
    FOX will most likely surpass ABC unless Idol completely crashes. Which I don’t think will happen.

  • JOE

    NBC will win this season due to the Olympics…there is no way CBS can catch them…CBS will be a comfortable 2nd with FOX/ABC fighting for a dismal 3rd

  • Aron

    Fox can be first, with the Super Bowl adding .5 to their average and the other game adding .2 I think. And idol is still a toss up

  • Fred


    Highly doubtful FOX can be first by end of season. Idol will air multiple hours a week. It really depends on how it performs.
    NBC would also have to really crash. Don’t see that happening with the Olympics and The Voice.

  • Ultima

    FOX will most likely surpass ABC unless Idol completely crashes.

    FOX has the Super Bowl. They will be competing with NBC for first, not with ABC for third.

  • Ultima

    CBS will be a comfortable 2nd with FOX/ABC fighting for a dismal 3rd

    Again, FOX has the Super Bowl. How can people possibly not know that? It’s the single most important thing when it comes to the networks’ season averages.

  • Aron

    By the time the SuperBowl aires we all will know what network will finish on first place

  • Fred

    Ha ha, I forgot the big elephant in the room (Super Bowl).
    But for FOX to be #1 by the end of the season , Idol will have to perform reasonably well. It airs too many hours a week and would drag down gains from Superbowl if it crashes like X Factor.
    If X Factor had averaged considerably higher this season FOX would most likely have no trouble finishing #1.
    Idol’s performance this season is more crucial than ever.
    Predictions for end of season :

    #1 NBC- many hours of NFL, Voice and Olympics will make up for their low rated slots .
    #2 FOX- Superbowl and Idol won’t be enough to beat NBC. X factor really hurt them this season.

    #3 CBS- highly rated regular programs will continue
    to hurt ABC, but not enough to surpass FOX.

    #4 ABC- unless ABC has a huge midseason show or two,I don’t see it surpassing CBS.
    Too many mediocre rated scripted shows, not enough monster hits. Also lacking a strong reality show. DWTS skews way too old . Lots of hype for the younger aopealing Bachelor, but I don’t think the hype will translate into the big hit it needs to be.

  • Fred

    I’m surprised more TV fans aren’t interested in the network ratings race.

  • American

    For total viewers:

    1 – CBS – The obvious winner, though it will likely be down slightly from last year.
    2 – NBC – It will be interesting to see how midseason goes for NBC, though I believe the Voice and Blacklist will be able to hold up the tent pole for the low-rated fare.
    3 – FOX – It will be close with NBC for second, considering the Super Bowl, but with all hope hinging on the flailing Idol, it doesn’t seem likely. X Factor bombed this year, and nothing else is really finding ground.
    4 – ABC – There might be some fairly solid programs (Castle, Grey’s, Scandal) the majority of the network’s programming is doing mediocre ratings-wise. Seems like the freshman shows aren’t doing too well. No new hits.


    1 – NBC – It’s an honest long-shot, with last year’s midseason hick-up, but it’s the most likely of the four to top the charts this season.
    2 – FOX – This is almost entirely because of the Super Bowl. Absolutely nothing else is doing well enough.
    3 – CBS – CBS just seems to cater to older folks.
    4 – ABC – Again, just bad shows. Nothing to see here

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