April 15, 2014

NIELSENWAR: Weekly & Season To Date Network Ratings

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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3 of the 4 major broadcast networks averaged under a 1.5 rating last week, a number that not so long ago meant instant cancellation.  CBS has been head-and-shoulders above the other networks for the past 2 weeks, but that’s because of the event programming of the How I Met Your Mother finale and the NCAA Tournament Finals.  Last week (5 days Same Day, 2 days overnights) the latter propelled CBS to 2.14 (up 0.01 from the week before).  It was followed by 1.45 for ABC (down 0.18), 1.44 for FOX (up 0.2), 1.41 for NBC (down 0.07) and 0.34 for CW (down 0.06, still airing mostly reruns for the week).

The season to date numbers stayed mostly as is:

NBC:  2.46 (up 19% from the Olympics-less last season, down 0.04 from last week)

FOX:  2.16 (up just 2% from last year despite having the Super Bowl, down 0.02 from last week)

CBS:  1.93 (down 23% from last year, when it had the Super Bowl, up 0.01 from last week)

ABC:  1.65 (down 10% from last year, steady with last week)

CW:  0.52 (down 1% from last year, down 0.01 from last week)


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."