Tuned In: CBS tops in total viewers, but NBC reigns in coveted age group

Share with others:

Print Email Read Later

With the 2013-14 TV season now one for the record books, it’s time to look back at Nielsen’s data and see where the TV universe stands.

Among broadcast networks, CBS was again No. 1 in total viewers with NBC second, ABC third and Fox in fourth place. Univision was fifth, and The CW was sixth. But it’s a different story among the younger viewers advertisers covet.

Having the most total viewers is nice for bragging rights, but when it comes to money, the adult 18-49 demo brings in more money. In that race, NBC finished first for the first time in years (up 13 percent from 2012-13) with Fox second, CBS third and ABC fourth with Univision fifth and The CW sixth.

What day of the week is prime time the most watched? And least watched?

Most watched is pretty easy to guess: With all the competition, from sports and multiple prestige dramas, Sunday night is tops with 125 million average viewers, followed by Monday (120 million), Tuesday (114 million) and continuing the viewership decline day by day through Friday (107 million viewers).

Interestingly, though, Saturday is higher-rated than Friday, drawing 108 million viewers. This is why several networks, including AMC and Starz, have started putting original series on Saturday night; they see an opportunity the broadcast networks, who gave up programming Saturday night a decade ago, are missing.

As for the kind of shows viewers are watching, drama is the top genre, according to Nielsen, making up 37 percent of all prime-time programming. Sports was second at 31 percent.

Among time-shifted programming – shows recorded and watched later – drama made up 62 percent of time-shifted viewing. And more was spent on ads in dramas ($12 billion) than in other genres, including news ($9 billion) and sitcoms ($6 billion).

The Top 10 series for the 2013-14 TV season among total viewers were:

1. “NFL Sunday Night Football” (NBC).

2. “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS).

3. “NCIS” (CBS).

4. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS).

5. “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC).

6. “The Blacklist” (NBC).

7. “The Voice” (NBC).

8. “Person of Interest” (CBS).

9. “The Voice” Tuesday edition (NBC).

10. “Blue Bloods” (CBS).

And among the advertiser-coveted, 18-49 demo, the top shows were:

1. “NFL Sunday Night Football” (NBC).

2. “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS).

3. “The Voice” (NBC).

4. “Modern Family” (ABC).

5. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC).

6. “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS).

7. “The Blacklist” (NBC).

8. “Scandal” (ABC).

9. “The Voice” Tuesday edition (NBC).

10. “Resurrection” (ABC).

According to TheWrap.com, the top-rated canceled shows in the age 18-49 demo were CBS’s “The Crazy Ones,” Fox’s “Almost Human,” ABC’s “Super Fun Night” and Fox’s “The X Factor,” which was in a four-way tie with NBC’s “Revolution,” CBS’s “Intelligence” and CBS’s “We Are Men.”

When it comes to social media, Nielsen also released a list of the TV moments that generated the biggest responses on Twitter.

Among series, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” were the top two shows. “The Oscars” on ABC was the top-tweeted special, followed by the “Grammy Awards” on CBS. Predictably, “Superbowl XLVIII” was the top-tweeted sporting event, followed by the NFC Championship game between San Francisco and Seattle.

‘Lion King’ revisited

Disney will reboot “The Lion King” with a next-generation movie, “The Lion Guard,” for 2015 and a series to follow in 2016.

The movie and series will follow Kion, the second-born cub to Simba and Nala. Kion becomes leader of a group tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The movie and series were developed by Ford Riley (“Special Agent Oso”), who grew up in Pittsburgh's South Hills — Pleasant Hills, Whitehall, Dormont — and graduated from Seton-La Salle Catholic High School in 1990.

Daytime Emmys online

The “Daytime Emmy Awards” have fallen off TV. In recent years the ceremony honoring daytime TV stars and hosts has moved around to different networks, most recently landing on cable’s HLN.

This year, there were no network takers, so the “41st Annual Daytime Emmys” will be available only via online streaming at 5 p.m. June 22 at www.daytimeemmys.net.


Comedy Central renewed “Inside Amy Schumer” for a third season and “Review” and “TripTank” for second seasons.

MTV ordered a second season of the comedy series “Faking It.”

ABC Family picked up “Pretty Little Liars” for a sixth and seventh season to air in 2015 and 2016.

USA ordered a second season of its comedy series “Sirens,” Starz picked up a 10-episode second season of “Power” just four days after the show’s premiere and Nickelodeon bought a 20-episode, third season of “Sanjay & Craig.”

Christmas TV in July

It’s beginning to feel a lot like… summer, but that won’t stop Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel from launching a Christmas movie programming event from 2 p.m. July 4 through July 13.

Channel surfing

AMC is developing a drama series based on the 2013 novel “The Son,” a multigeneration epic about the rise and fall of a Texas oil empire that’s being written by Western Pennsylvania native Brian McGreevy and writing partner Lee Shipman, who wrote on season one of Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove” but are not involved in season two (debuting July 11), according to a show publicist. … “How I Met Your Mother” writer Kourtney Kang, who went to the University of Pittsburgh as an undergrad and Carnegie Mellon for grad school, will co-executive produce the ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” based on the upbringing of one-time Pitt student Eddie Huang. … ABC’s “NY Med” has changed its premiere date from June 24 to June 26 at 10 p.m. … Earlier this month an episode of “Game of Thrones” became HBO’s most-watched series in the network’s history with a gross audience of 18.4 million viewers, surpassing “The Sopranos,” which had a gross audience of 18.2 million viewers per episode in 2002. … TNT’s “Murder in the First” got off to a decent ratings start Monday, drawing 3.8 million viewers. … Next week WQED debuts “The Empowered Patient” (8 p.m. Thursday), a half-hour special about patients who do research online and how doctors respond.

Tuned In online

Today's TV Q&A column responds to questions about “Gang Related,” “Graceland” and “Fargo.” This week's Tuned In Journal includes posts on an “Orange is the New Black” Pittsburgh connection, “Fargo,” “Game of Thrones” and “Chasing Life.” Read online-only TV content at post-gazette.com/tv.

This week's podcast includes conversation about the Tony Awards on CBS and “Orange is the New Black.” Subscribe or listen at http://old.post-gazette.com/podcast.

TV writer Rob Owen: rowen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2582. Follow RobOwenTV on Twitter or Facebook for breaking TV news.

Join the conversation:

Commenting policy | How to report abuse
To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Commenting policy | How to report abuse


Create a free PG account.
Already have an account?