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.
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.