December 10, 2012

Broadcast Network Rankings through Week 11

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf

SEASON TO DATE through 11 weeks (through Sunday, December 9, 2012, including adjusted fast national ratings for the last three nights):

NBC is averaging a 2.79 adult 18-49 rating in prime time (up 22% from the same period last year).

CBS is in second place with a 2.32 (down 17%).

FOX is in third place with a 2.15 (down 27%).

ABC is in fourth with a 2.08 (down 12%).

Collectively, the four networks total a 9.35 rating (down 10% from 10.40 the same period last fall).

The CW, technically a broadcast network, is averaging a 0.58 in prime so far this season (down 15%).


THE WEEK.  For the just completed week  (December 3-9, 2012), NBC is pacing toward a 2.61 rating.

CBS is on track for a 2.28 rating for the week.

FOX bounced back to third place for the week with a 2.14 rating (with a big assist from an NFL doubleheader this week).

ABC fell to a 1.51 rating for the week (the network’s worst weekly performance of the year with Dancing with the Stars concluded, Modern Family a repeat, and all of Sunday night replaced by weak Christmas programming).

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.