April 22, 2013

Weekly & Season to Date Network Ratings: NBC News Puts NBC Into Contention for the Week

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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).  NBC moved into a virtual first-place tie with FOX this past week, thanks to NBC News coverage of the Boston Bomber apprehension Friday night.  For the week, NBC was up 19% over the same week last year and up 13% from the more typical spring week last week.  With a lot of repeats and no sports specials such as March Madness or The Masters, CBS fell back below the 2 rating it has enjoyed the last several weeks.  ABC remains way off the pace.

Adult 18-49 Prime Time Rating
THIS WEEK Same Week Last Year Last Week
Apr 15-21, 2013 Apr 16-22, 2012 % chg Apr 8-14, 2013 % chg
FOX 1.91 2.22 -14% 1.91 0%
NBC 1.90 1.60 +19% 1.69 +13%
CBS 1.73 1.74 -0% 2.41 -28%
ABC 1.48 1.88 -21% 1.32 +12%
4-net 7.02 7.45 -6% 7.33 -4%

Updated season to date network ratings and projections for the full season through May.

Season to Date Sep 24-Apr 21
18-49 Rating vs Last Year (Projected full season)
CBS 2.48 -3% (2.42)
FOX 2.11 -22% (2.10)
NBC 2.07 -7% (2.02)
ABC 1.81 -11% (1.81)

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.