/// NBC Rules the Broadcast Roost, But CBS Has the Most Hit Shows

October 30, 2013  |  Media Week

With five weeks of ratings data on the books, NBC remains entrenched as the No. 1 broadcast network, while CBS can lay claim to the lion’s share of the top 20 shows. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data for the period spanning Sept. 24-Oct. 27, NBC is lapping the field with an average prime-time rating of 2.8 in the 18-49 demo, up one-tenth of a point versus the year-ago period. Boosted by the World Series, runner-up Fox is flat with a 2.3 rating, while CBS is down two-tenths of a point with a 2.1. Last-place ABC is down a tenth to a 2.0 rating. As was the case a year ago, NBC’s dominance is being fueled by Sunday Night Football, The Voice and the drama that leads out of the latter on Monday nights. The prime-time NFL showcase is the most-watched, highest-rated program on TV, averaging 21.7 million total viewers and an 8.4 in the dollar demo. Season-to-date, Sunday Night Football is up 3 percent in overall deliveries and flat in the demo. (If not for a brutal Oct. 27 Packers-Vikings game that delivered just 16.9 million viewers in head-to-head competition with Game 5 of the World Series, the SNF ratings likely would be up slightly.) CBS’ The Big Bang Theory is the No.

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NBC Rules the Broadcast Roost, But CBS Has the Most Hit Shows


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