CBS is calling it early: The network has predicted that it will top the 2021-22 broadcast season.
This marks its 14th consecutive win in primetime ratings and its 19th in the last 20 years.
NBC is claiming its own victory – noting that it will win the 18-49 demo ahead of Fox.
CBS’ ratings lead comes as it has the top broadcast series and drama in NCIS, the top comedy in Young Sheldon, the top new drama in NCIS: Hawai’i and the top new comedy in Ghosts as well as the top primetime news program in 60 Minutes.
The network currently is averaging 6.35M viewers, ahead of NBC’s 6.25M, Fox’s 4.68M and ABC’s 4.19M. These numbers are through May 1, per Nielsen.
CBS also is crowing that it again was able to again perform despite the fact that it was competing against a network in NBC that had both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert also helped CBS win late-night for the sixth year in a row, and it also dominated daytime again with series such as The Price Is Right and The Young and the Restless.
In terms of the 18-49 demo, NBC takes a 1.2 in primetime, narrowly beating Fox’s 1.1, with CBS at 0.8 and ABC at 0.7.
NBC has finished first in the young demo eight of the past nine seasons, helped by such shows as This Is Us and Saturday Night Live, which rank No. 1 and 2 in entertainment shows in this category. La Brea, it noted, is the No. 1 new drama of the season in the 18-49 demo.
Disney-owned ABC noted that it topped the 18-49 demo based on entertainment-only programming, excluding sports.
“The strength and depth of our core CBS series, the top new comedies and dramas on television, our iconic alternative programming, world-class sports franchises, plus the finest news program in the history of television, provided us with the power to surge to the top of the broadcast landscape for the 14th consecutive season,” said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. “That’s a huge testament to our talent, producers and the CBS team. Additionally, these incredibly popular series have been a key driver in the growth and success of our streaming service, Paramount+.”
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