NBC Tops TV Rivals

Two months into the new TV season, NBC is sitting on top of all TV networks — with no change versus its position through week seven.

NBC averaged a Nielsen 2.9 rating among 18-49 viewers when analyzing live program ratings plus seven days of time-shifting. CBS was next at a 2.6 rating -- down a tick from a 2.7 rating.

ABC remained the same at a 2.5 number. Fox also lost some ground — with a 2.2 versus a 2.3 through seven weeks of the season. CW also remained the same a 0.8 rating for 18-49 viewers. For week eight itself, NBC was at 2.5, followed by ABC at a 2.0; Fox with a 1.6; CBS at a 1.5; and CW with a 0.7.

Among total viewers, CBS remains ahead for the season, averaging 12.1 million viewers -- down from its levels through week seven when it had 12.3 million. NBC is second with 9.7 million (versus 9.6 million through week 7); followed by ABC with 9.1 million (versus 9.0 million); Fox with 6.7 million (against 6.9 million); and CW, 2.1 million (2.0 million).



Looking at the top cable networks for the week ending November 16, ESPN remained the big winner in prime-time looking at Nielsen live-plus-same day program ratings — with 3.048 million overall viewers.

The next 10 cable prime-time networks were: Disney Channel, 1.924 million; Hallmark Channel, 1.909 million; TBS, 1.72 million; AMC, 1.684 million; USA Network, 1.534 million; History, 1.437 million; Discovery Channel, 1.294 million; HGTV, 1.217 million; FX, 1.211 million; and NFL Network, 1.183 million.

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