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May 24, 2012 by Marc Berman in Highlights with 4 Comments

NBC MOVES AHEAD OF ABC AMONG ADULTS 18-49

Based on the traditional TV season (September 19, 2011 – May 23, 2012), there were two winners: CBS in total viewers and Fox among adults 18-49, which was its eighth straight season victory in the demo. But ignited by Sunday Night Football, Super Bowl XLVI and The Voice, NBC inched past ABC by one-tenth of a rating point among key adults 18-49, finishing third overall in the demo (behind Fox and CBS), according to the Live Plus Same Day results from Nielsen. Comparably, this is the first time NBC topped one of the Big 4 nets in eight years (the network tied ABC among adults 18-49 in 2009-10).

NBC also moved up the ranks among adults 18-34, with a second place finish behind Fox. Third was CBS, followed ABC and The CW.

Year-to-year, two networks – CBS and NBC – were on the single-digit plus side, with the biggest loser, The CW, off by 15 percent in total viewers and 20 percent among target adults 18-34. ABC and Fox were on the minor downside.

Highlights worth noting:
-Sunday Night Football on NBC was the top-rated program overall.
-CBS and NBC had 3 shows in the top 10 each in total viewers, followed by 2 each for ABC and Fox.
-Fox had four of the top 10 rated shows in adults 18-49, followed by NBC (3), CBS (2) and ABC (1).
-CBS held 16 of the top 30 rated programs in total viewers, followed by ABC and Fox (5 each) and NBC (4).
-CBS held 11 of the top 30 rated programs in adults 18-49, followed by Fox (9), NBC (6) and ABC (4).
-NCIS (CBS) was the most-watched scripted series.
-Modern Family (ABC) and The Big Bang Theory (CBS) were the highest rated scripted series among adults 18-49.
-NBC’s The Voice was the season’s No. 2 entertainment series, finishing 0.1 of a rating point behind the Wednesday edition of American Idol.

Here are the traditional season results in total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses), followed by the full program rankings of the season:

Total Viewers:
CBS: 11.89 million (+ 1), Fox: 8.95 (- 9), ABC: 8.39 (- 2), NBC: 7.37 (+ 5), CW: 1.69 (-15)

Adults 18-49:
Fox: 3.2 rating (- 9), CBS: 3.0 (+ 3), NBC: 2.5 (+ 9), ABC: 2.4 (- 4), CW: 0.7 (-22)

Adults 18-34:
Fox: 2.7 (-10), NBC: 2.0 (+ 5), CBS: 1.9 (no change), ABC: 1.8 (- 5), CW: 0.8 (-20)

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FULL PROGRAM LIST OF THE 2011-12 TV SEASON, COMPILED BY:

RANK SERIES NETWORK VIEWERS
(millions)
ADULTS 18-49 % change
from 2010-11
viewers
% change
from 2010-11
A18-49
rating share (rank)
1 Sunday Night Football NBC 20.74 8.0 20 (1) -1.4% -0.1%
2 American Idol (Wednesday) FOX 19.81 6.2 17 (2) -23.4% -30.0%
3 NCIS CBS 19.49 4.0 11 (19) +0.6% -2.2%
4 American Idol (Thursday) FOX 18.33 5.5 16 (6) -23.0% -28.2%
5 Dancing with the Stars ABC 18.24 3.4 9 (30) -16.8% -28.3%
6 Dancing with the Stars Results ABC 16.08 3.1 8 (46) -13.6% -21.5%
7 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 16.01 3.4 9 (30) -2.8% -4.4%
8 The Big Bang Theory CBS 15.82 5.5 17 (6) +19.7% +25.7%
9 The Voice NBC 15.77 6.1 16 (3) +31.7% +13.3%
10 Sunday Night NFL Pre Kick NBC 15.74 5.7 15 (4) -1.2% -1.0%
11 Two and a Half Men CBS 14.64 5.1 12 (9) +15.1% +30.8%
12 The Mentalist CBS 14.57 3.1 9 (45) -4.9% -1.9%
* 13 Person of Interest CBS 14.34 3.3 9 (36) N/A N/A
14 The OT FOX 13.34 5.2 14 (8) +8.9% +11.5%
15 Criminal Minds CBS 13.20 3.7 10 (23) -5.9% -1.8%
16 60 Minutes CBS 13.03 2.4 7 (80) -2.4% -1.7%
17 Modern Family ABC 12.93 5.5 15 (5) +10.0% +15.4%
18 Survivor: South Pacific CBS 12.77 4.0 11 (20) -6.2% -7.2%
* 19 The X Factor (Wednesday) FOX 12.67 4.4 12 (10) N/A N/A
* 20 The X Factor (Thursday) FOX 12.57 4.2 12 (15) N/A N/A
21 CSI CBS 12.49 3.2 9 (43) -8.3% -2.4%
22 Castle ABC 12.18 2.8 7 (53) +7.3% -5.3%
23 Blue Bloods CBS 12.16 2.0 6 (97) -4.3% -8.2%
* 24 Unforgettable CBS 12.11 2.5 7 (70) N/A N/A
* 25 Rob! CBS 12.01 3.7 10 (24) N/A N/A
26 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 11.83 3.3 8 (41) -0.3% -1.5%
27 The Good Wife CBS 11.83 2.5 6 (70) -8.3% -4.6%
* 28 Once Upon a Time ABC 11.71 4.1 10 (18) N/A N/A
29 Survivor: One World CBS 11.64 3.5 10 (29) -7.5% -8.4%
30 Football Night In America (8pm) NBC 11.53 4.2 11 (13) +6.7% +10.8%
31 Mike & Molly CBS 11.51 3.8 9 (22) +3.8% +10.9%
* 32 2 Broke Girls CBS 11.29 4.4 11 (11) N/A N/A
33 Amazing Race 19 CBS 11.13 3.3 8 (40) -6.7% -14.2%
34 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 10.92 4.2 11 (12) -3.5% -1.6%
* 35 The Voice Results Show NBC 10.92 4.2 11 (16) N/A N/A
36 CSI: Miami CBS 10.84 2.5 7 (68) -9.4% -13.1%
37 Desperate Housewives ABC 10.61 3.6 8 (27) -9.2% -6.1%
38 CSI: NY CBS 10.34 1.9 6 (105) -4.4% -10.0%
39 Amazing Race 20 CBS 10.30 3.0 8 (47) -0.5% +0.7%
40 America’s Got Talent (Monday) NBC 10.21 3.5 10 (28) N/A N/A
41 America’s Got Talent (Tuesday 9pm) NBC 10.20 3.4 9 (35) N/A N/A
42 Rules of Engagement CBS 10.10 3.3 9 (41) +15.0% +8.3%
* 43 Terra Nova FOX 10.08 3.6 9 (26) N/A N/A
44 Body of Proof ABC 9.90 2.1 6 (94) -24.2% -25.7%
45 How I Met Your Mother CBS 9.67 4.1 12 (17) +10.5% +17.7%
* 46 Alcatraz FOX 9.56 3.4 8 (34) N/A N/A
47 Undercover Boss CBS 9.35 2.2 7 (86) -23.1% -34.4%
48 Bones FOX 9.26 2.9 8 (52) -19.2% -20.6%
* 49 Touch FOX 9.18 2.7 7 (57) N/A N/A
* 50 Last Man Standing ABC 9.13 2.6 8 (60) N/A N/A
* 51 Smash NBC 8.94 3.2 8 (44) N/A N/A
52 Harry’s Law NBC 8.92 1.4 4 (132) -23.4% -40.0%
53 The Bachelor ABC 8.85 2.9 7 (50) -18.0% -18.6%
* 54 Missing ABC 8.82 1.8 6 (109) N/A N/A
* 55 NYC 22 CBS 8.77 1.6 4 (125) N/A N/A
* 56 Revenge ABC 8.72 2.9 8 (51) N/A N/A
57 Glee FOX 8.71 3.7 10 (25) -13.0% -8.5%
58 House FOX 8.69 3.3 8 (36) -15.2% -15.1%
* 59 How to Be a Gentleman CBS 8.67 2.8 8 (55) N/A N/A
* 60 A Gifted Man CBS 8.63 1.4 4 (133) N/A N/A
* 61 New Girl FOX 8.22 4.2 11 (14) N/A N/A
* 62 Scandal ABC 8.21 2.5 7 (73) N/A N/A
63 Private Practice ABC 8.09 3.0 8 (49) +5.2% +6.1%
64 The Middle ABC 8.08 2.5 8 (69) +0.1% +4.6%
65 The Bachelorette ABC 7.75 2.5 6 (72) -14.0% -11.8%
* 66 GCB ABC 7.62 2.6 7 (60) N/A N/A
67 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC 7.59 2.3 6 (81) -13.6% -14.8%
68 Hell’s Kitchen (Monday 9pm) FOX 7.42 3.4 8 (33) +4.4% +13.7%
69 Hell’s Kitchen (Monday 8pm) FOX 7.34 3.3 9 (38) +3.2% +10.0%
70 Family Guy FOX 7.30 3.8 9 (21) -4.6% -2.8%
* 71 Suburgatory ABC 7.25 2.5 7 (67) N/A N/A
72 Biggest Loser 13 NBC 7.18 2.6 7 (65) -15.2% -17.4%
73 Celebrity Apprentice NBC 7.15 2.4 6 (78) -19.4% -24.7%
* 74 Pan Am ABC 7.14 2.4 6 (75) N/A N/A
* 75 Man Up! ABC 6.96 2.1 6 (94) N/A N/A
76 The Simpsons FOX 6.95 3.3 9 (39) -4.2% -0.6%
* 77 The Finder FOX 6.95 2.3 7 (82) N/A N/A
* 77 Last Man Standing (8:30) ABC 6.95 2.1 6 (90) N/A N/A
79 Biggest Loser 12 NBC 6.93 2.5 7 (66) -16.4% -18.1%
* 80 Charlie’s Angels ABC 6.92 1.6 5 (120) N/A N/A
81 Fear Factor NBC 6.91 2.8 7 (54) N/A N/A
* 82 The River ABC 6.72 2.4 6 (75) N/A N/A
83 Happy Endings ABC 6.65 3.0 8 (48) +31.8% +43.3%
84 60 Minutes Presents CBS 6.58 1.2 3 (145) N/A N/A
85 Parenthood NBC 6.57 2.6 7 (62) -2.8% -6.8%
86 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 6.54 1.6 4 (125) -9.4% -8.8%
87 The Office NBC 6.51 3.4 9 (32) -15.8% -14.5%
88 Saturday Night Football ABC 6.40 2.1 7 (93) +6.3% +10.5%
* 89 Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 ABC 6.37 2.7 7 (59) N/A N/A
* 90 Grimm NBC 6.36 2.1 7 (89) N/A N/A
* 91 Prime Suspect NBC 6.29 1.7 5 (113) N/A N/A
* 92 Betty White’s Off Their Rockers NBC 6.29 1.8 6 (112) N/A N/A
* 93 Celebrity Wife Swap ABC 6.27 2.4 6 (79) N/A N/A
* 94 Who’s Still Standing NBC 6.23 1.7 4 (114) N/A N/A
* 95 American Ninja Warrior NBC 6.20 2.4 6 (74) N/A N/A
96 Football Night In America (7:30pm) NBC 6.11 2.2 6 (85) +10.0% +12.0%
97 Wipeout ABC 6.07 1.9 5 (106) -17.6% -18.3%
98 Shark Tank ABC 6.03 1.8 6 (109) +19.0% +28.6%
99 Mobbed FOX 5.97 2.2 6 (86) N/A N/A
* 100 Work It ABC 5.87 1.9 5 (100) N/A N/A
101 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC 5.83 1.5 4 (130) -31.6% -35.2%
102 48 Hours Mystery CBS 5.82 1.3 4 (139) -4.5% 0%
* 103 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Friday 9pm) ABC 5.77 1.6 5 (124) N/A N/A
* 104 Napoleon Dynamite FOX 5.75 2.8 7 (56) N/A N/A
105 NFL on FOX Bonus FOX 5.72 2.0 5 (99) N/A N/A
106 Raising Hope FOX 5.64 2.6 7 (63) -11.9% -4.4%
107 20/20 ABC 5.63 1.6 5 (123) -2.4% -1.9%
108 Who Do You Think You Are NBC 5.61 1.1 4 (152) -10.4% -20.7%
109 Dateline NBC (Friday) NBC 5.58 1.5 5 (129) -12.1% 0%
110 American Dad FOX 5.47 2.7 6 (57) +15.0% +19.1%
111 The Cleveland Show FOX 5.41 2.6 6 (64) -11.2% -11.4%
* 112 Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (8:30) NBC 5.31 1.5 5 (127) N/A N/A
* 113 Up All Night NBC 5.29 2.4 7 (75) N/A N/A
114 Dateline NBC (Sunday) NBC 5.26 1.2 3 (144) +4.8% +16.0%
* 115 The Playboy Club NBC 5.26 1.8 5 (107) N/A N/A
* 115 I Hate My Teenage Daughter FOX 5.26 2.1 6 (92) N/A N/A
117 Dateline Classic (Sunday) NBC 5.24 1.1 3 (150) N/A N/A
118 America’s Got Talent (Tuesday 9pm) NBC 5.24 1.7 5 (117) N/A N/A
* 119 The Sing-Off NBC 5.21 1.8 5 (108) N/A N/A
120 Cougar Town ABC 5.19 1.9 5 (102) -28.7% -38.7%
121 20/20 (9pm) ABC 5.15 1.1 4 (154) N/A N/A
* 122 Whitney NBC 5.11 2.3 6 (84) N/A N/A
123 Primetime: What Would You Do ABC 5.00 1.5 5 (128) +3.3% +2.0%
* 124 Fashion Star NBC 4.95 1.8 5 (111) N/A N/A
* 125 Awake NBC 4.81 1.7 5 (114) N/A N/A
* 126 You Deserve It ABC 4.81 1.2 3 (143) N/A N/A
127 Crimetime Saturday (9pm) CBS 4.75 0.9 3 (169) -10.9% -14.0%
128 Dateline Classic (Friday) NBC 4.70 1.0 3 (161) N/A N/A
129 The Middle (Tuesday) ABC 4.57 1.4 3 (133) N/A N/A
130 30 Rock NBC 4.55 2.1 6 (90) -15.4% -18.1%
* 131 Are You There, Chelsea? NBC 4.54 1.9 5 (102) N/A N/A
* 132 Missing (Wednesday) ABC 4.49 1.1 3 (152) N/A N/A
* 133 Allen Gregory FOX 4.48 2.2 5 (88) N/A N/A
134 Parks & Recreation NBC 4.41 2.3 6 (82) -14.7% -13.1%
* 135 My Extreme Affliction ABC 4.39 1.1 4 (148) N/A N/A
* 136 The Firm NBC 4.36 1.0 3 (158) N/A N/A
137 Family Guy (Encore) FOX 4.28 2.0 5 (98) N/A N/A
* 138 Prime Suspect (Saturday) NBC 4.27 0.7 2 (183) N/A N/A
139 Chuck NBC 4.25 1.3 4 (137) -23.5% -30.0%
140 Saturday Night Football Pre Game ABC 4.23 1.2 4 (145) N/A N/A
141 Fringe FOX 4.22 1.7 5 (114) -27.6% -27.8%
142 Bob’s Burgers FOX 4.19 2.0 6 (96) -17.0% -3.3%
143 Cops (8:30pm) FOX 4.11 1.4 4 (131) -20.4% -16.5%
144 The Cleveland Show (7:30) FOX 4.03 1.9 5 (100) N/A N/A
145 Community NBC 4.03 1.9 6 (102) -10.0% -5.0%
* 146 Free Agents NBC 3.96 1.3 4 (137) N/A N/A
* 147 Rock Center with Brian Williams NBC 3.95 1.0 2 (162) N/A N/A
* 148 Suburgatory (Tuesday) ABC 3.92 1.2 3 (142) N/A N/A
149 Kitchen Nightmares FOX 3.88 1.6 6 (119) -6.7% -8.9%
150 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Saturday) NBC 3.86 0.8 3 (171) N/A N/A
* 151 Napoleon Dynamite (Encore) FOX 3.85 1.7 4 (117) N/A N/A
* 152 Up All Night (Wednesday 8:30) NBC 3.76 1.3 4 (135) N/A N/A
153 Cops (8pm) FOX 3.74 1.3 4 (141) -20.5% -20.6%
154 The Simpsons (Encore) FOX 3.73 1.6 4 (121) N/A N/A
155 Harry’s Law (Saturday) NBC 3.71 0.5 2 (188) N/A N/A
156 ABC Saturday Movie ABC 3.46 1.0 3 (157) -2.1% -8.2%
157 Breaking In FOX 3.45 1.6 4 (122) -57.7% -42.5%
* 158 Best Friends Forever NBC 3.43 1.1 3 (155) N/A N/A
159 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Wednesday 9pm) NBC 3.26 0.8 2 (173) N/A N/A
160 Wipeout (Saturday 8pm) ABC 3.24 0.9 3 (164) N/A N/A
* 161 Comedytime Saturday (8:30) CBS 3.21 0.9 3 (166) N/A N/A
* 162 Comedytime Saturday (8pm) CBS 3.17 0.9 3 (168) N/A N/A
163 Shark Tank (Saturday 8pm) ABC 3.07 0.9 3 (170) N/A N/A
* 164 Bent (9pm) NBC 3.05 1.2 3 (145) N/A N/A
165 American Dad (Encore) FOX 2.90 1.3 3 (135) N/A N/A
166 The Vampire Diaries CW 2.78 1.3 4 (139) -7.6% -7.1%
167 The Cleveland Show (Encore) FOX 2.69 1.1 3 (148) N/A N/A
* 168 Bent (9:30) NBC 2.66 1.0 3 (159) N/A N/A
* 169 The Finder (Encore) FOX 2.60 0.7 2 (182) N/A N/A
170 The Simpsons (7pm) FOX 2.50 1.1 4 (156) N/A N/A
* 171 The Firm (Saturday) NBC 2.49 0.4 1 (189) N/A N/A
172 America’s Next Top Model 17 CW 2.42 1.1 3 (150) -30.2% -33.5%
173 Smash (Saturday) NBC 2.36 0.5 2 (186) N/A N/A
* 174 Terra Nova (Encore) FOX 2.24 0.7 2 (180) N/A N/A
* 175 The Secret Circle CW 2.06 0.9 2 (165) N/A N/A
176 Supernatural CW 2.03 0.9 3 (167) -18.0% -19.1%
177 The Cleveland Show (7pm) FOX 1.95 0.8 2 (171) N/A N/A
178 The Cleveland Show (Saturday 9:30) FOX 1.91 0.9 3 (163) N/A N/A
* 179 Q’Viva FOX 1.88 0.6 2 (185) N/A N/A
180 One Tree Hill CW 1.86 1.0 3 (159) +14.6% +23.8%
* 181 Ringer CW 1.82 0.8 2 (176) N/A N/A
* 182 Hart of Dixie CW 1.78 0.8 2 (178) N/A N/A
183 Nikita CW 1.77 0.6 2 (184) -23.7% -32.2%
184 Bob’s Burgers (7pm) FOX 1.75 0.7 2 (180) N/A N/A
185 American Dad (Saturday 9pm) FOX 1.73 0.8 2 (177) N/A N/A
186 90210 CW 1.55 0.8 2 (173) -7.9% +2.5%
187 America’s Next Top Model 18 CW 1.52 0.7 2 (179) -39.6% -40.8%
188 Gossip Girl CW 1.52 0.8 2 (175) -4.6% 0%
* 189 H8R CW 1.24 0.5 1 (187) N/A N/A
* 190 Ringer (Encore) CW 1.20 0.4 1 (191) N/A N/A
191 America’s Next Top Model 17 (Encore) CW 1.12 0.4 1 (189) N/A N/A
* 192 Escape Routes NBC 1.11 0.3 1 (194) N/A N/A
193 America’s Next Top Model 18 (Encore) CW 0.87 0.4 1 (192) N/A N/A
* 194 Remodeled CW 0.71 0.3 1 (193) N/A N/A
* 195 The L.A. Complex CW 0.57 0.3 1 (195) N/A N/A

Series with an asterisk (*) are those that premiered this season.

Series in italics indicates they have either concluded or been canceled.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media. Berman has appeared on camera for Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The CBS Evening News, CNN, and more; and his 2014 desk calendar, “Today in TV History,” is presently available.

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