The season is not officially over for another three nights but the Comcast-owned network looks to have clinched the top spot among adults 18-49 for the second year in a row – by a Super Bowl XLIX hair. With the big NFL game on their schedule this year, NBC drew a 2.4/8 rating among adults 18-49 for the 2014-15 TV season compared to CBS’ 2.3/7 result as the latter network took the viewership championship again. It should be noted that without the Super Bowl this year, NBC would have gotten a 2.25 rating compared to CBS’ 2.34 result – so perhaps a flower basket is due to the now suspended Tom Brady, Mr. Greenblatt. With all the ratings and viewership numbers, it should also be noted that CBS will be broadcasting Super Bowl 50 on February 7 next year. (Check out all the ratings, viewership and series rankings results below)
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This year’s demo result is an 11% drop for NBC from last year’s season winning rating with a 4% dip for CBS as it moved up from third place to second among the 18-49s. Despite a blockbuster freshman run from Empire and good debuts for Gotham and The Last Man On Earth, Fox fell from second place to fourth, crashing 24% downward from last year. Looking to win its second May sweep in a row, ABC inched up 5% from the 2013-14 season and into third place. In fact, remove sports from the equation and ABC is top among the Big 4 demowise with a 2.2/7 to CBS’ 2.1/7, NBC’s 1.9/6 and Fox’s 1.8/6.
Here are the 2014-14 TV Season 18-49 results for all of the Big 4 plus The CW:
In terms of total viewers, Les Moonves and crew took the top spot for the seventh consecutive year with an average audience of 11.3 million. That’s actually a rise of 5% over what the network average last year. Of the Big 4, only ABC saw a viewership rise also with a move up of just under 500,000 watching over the 2013-14 season. In total average audience, NBC dipped 7% and Fox fell 21%.
Here are the average network viewership numbers for the 2014-15 season:
CBS: 11.3 million
NBC: 8.6 million
ABC: 8.0 million
Fox: 5.8 million
CW: 2.1 million
With the record breaking viewership and steady demo result of this year’s New England Patriots’ win over the Seattle Seahawks on February 1, NBC’s hold on to the demo top spot was thanks to the NFL. Though it was beaten by cable’s The Walking Dead in the demo on five of the eight times the NBC show went head to head with the AMC blockbuster,Sunday Night Football was once again the top rated primetime show on the Big 4 this year with a 7.3/20 result in the 18-49 demo. The second highest rated series of the season was Fox’s Empire, which had 7.1/21. CBS had the third best 18-49 results with NFL Thursday Night Football, which was also shown on NFL Network, with a 5.9/19. They had the fourth spot too with The Big Bang Theory, which snagged a 5.6/19. The fifth best demo result of the 2014-15 September to May TV season went to NBC and Sunday Night Football‘s pre-game show, which had a 5.3/15 rating.
NBC’s tight win this year was also aided by strong continuing performances from the Mark Burnett produced The Voice and The Blacklist, which improved the network’s Thursday night dramatically with its move there. While not included in the series rankings, specials like the Saturday Night Live 40 anniversary show earlier this year and Peter Pan Live! in December hit multi-year non-sports highs for the network too and pushed NBC’s end game results.
Here are the Top 20 Rated Series of the 2014-15 TV Season:
Sunday Night Football (NBC)
Thursday Night Football (CBS/NFLN)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
SNF Pre-Kickoff (NBC)
The OT (Fox)
The Big Bang Theory -8:30 PM Mondays (CBS)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Voice (NBC)
Football Night In America (NBC)
The Voice – Tuesdays (NBC)
How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
The Blacklist (NBC)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Once Upon A Time (ABC)
Big Brother – Wednesdays (CBS)
Family Guy (Fox) – -Tie
Scorpion (CBS) – Tie
Survivor (CBS) – Tie
Two & A Half Men (CBS) – Tie
Thursday Night Football Pre-Kickoff (CBS.NFLN)
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