May 20, 2013

Weekly and Season to Date Network Ratings — ABC Will Win the Week Ending Sunday

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Projected weekly network ratings in prime time (based on four days of official nationals and three days of fast nationals).  ABC wins the week, thanks mostly to the Billboard Music Awards, which is up 30% over the 2012 version, making up for declines on the rest of the schedule.  With the finale of American Idol, FOX is up 11% over last week but 17% below the same week last year.  Hard to believe the Idol finale is now not enough to guarantee a weekly victory.  CBS is wheezing to the finish line with many shows already over for the year, while NBC is pacing very similar to last year’s pattern at this time.

Adult 18-49 Prime Time Rating
THIS WEEK Same Week Last Year Last Week
May 13-19, 2013 May 14-20, 2012 % chg May 6-12, 2013 % chg
ABC 1.95 1.98 -1% 1.87 +4%
FOX 1.88 2.26 -17% 1.69 +11%
CBS 1.72 2.05 -16% 2.02 -15%
NBC 1.70 1.72 -1% 1.79 -5%
4-net 7.24 8.00 -9% 7.36 -1.6%


Updated season to date network ratings and projections for the full season through May.  With just a few days left in the May sweep and the broadcast season itself, we have reached the point where there is no difference between the actual season to date ratings and the full season projections.  An ugly season draws to a close at last.

Season to Date Sep 24-May 19
18-49 Rating vs Last Year (Projected full season)
CBS 2.41 -3% (2.41)
FOX 2.08 -22% (2.08)
NBC 2.02 -6% (2.02)
ABC 1.80 -11% (1.80)

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.