Nielsen C3 data -- average live commercial ratings plus three days of time-shifted viewing -- sank 7% for both prime-time and total day across broadcast and cable networks for key 18-49 viewers, according to MoffettNathanson Research.
Cable fared a bit better than broadcast -- down 6% in prime time to 17.5 million viewers versus an 8% drop for broadcast to 10.4 million viewers. Cable also sank 6% in total day 18-49 C3 ratings to 10.4 million, while broadcast gave up 9% to 5.5 million.
NBC led all networks in the month -- up 2% to 3.34 million 18-49 prime-time viewers due to stronger “Sunday Night Football” ratings. CBS was down 10% to 2.75 million. But MoffettNathanson Research says this is an sequential improvement from September, where the network was down 18%.
ABC was down by 12% to 2.22 million as a result of lower NCAA football ratings. Fox gave up a big 23% in the month to 1.86 million, losing ground because all five Major League Baseball World Series game were pushed into November from their usual late October time frame.
Time Warner’s TBS was the big cable network TV gainer in the month -- up 53,000 total day 18-49 viewers in October, largely due to strong end-of-the-season baseball playoff ratings.
Viacom’s Nick at Nite was the second-strongest cable network performer -- up 40,000 18-49 total day viewers. MoffettNathanson says the network improved because of higher PUT levels for kids 2-11. Sister network Nickelodeon also improved in total day viewers.
Other cable networks seeing increases in the period included Discovery’s ID (36,000 more 18-49 viewers); AMC, 29,000; BET, 19,000; VH1, 17,000; Discovery, 15,000; Food Network, 12,000; HGTV, 11,000.
Big losers for the month includes FX and USA Network each declining 79,000; A&E, down 52,000; and ABC Family, 51,000.