TV Weekly Warfare: CBS Sees Return To Demo Top Spot; ABC Second In Viewers

There are two take-aways from last week’s network ratings. One, boosted by the dependable NCIS, NCIS: LA, CSI and strong NCAA Tournament numbers, CBS is back on top in the 18-49 demographic for the first time since the week ending February 17, when the Grammys were on. Two, the frame marked the calm before the game-changer with The Voice’s return to NBC this week. During the week ending March 24, NBC inched up to 1.2/3 from the previous frame’s 1.1/3 but still took a whooping. It found itself behind Univision among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 for an eighth week in a row and was down 29% last week from the comparable week in 2012. Of course, with strong numbers from The Voice‘s Season 4 premiere last night, steady results from the just-returned Revolution and the fact that Voice is on tonight as well, the weekly ratings pictures will likely look very different next week.

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But until we get there, let’s stick with what we have: With 22 hours of primetime programming and a 2.1/6 in 18-49, CBS averaged 8.449 million viewers over the 26th week of the 2012-2013 season. ABC stepped over Fox to move into the second viewership position with 7.459 million. That’s 1.6 million over Fox and 3.3 million over NBC.

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