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NBC Is Top-Rated Network of the Season - So Far

6/13/2014 Tim Molloy

By Tim Molloy

Two weeks into the new fall season, NBC is the top-rated network after lagging in fourth place for years. CBS remains easily the most-watched network.

NBC displaced ABC last season as the third-highest-rated network in the 18-49 demographic. As happy as NBC is to be in first, the situation could quickly change: Other networks still have big guns to roll out, including "American Idol" on Fox, which usually finishes the season at No. 1 in the ratings.

It's been nine years since NBC was last top-rated two weeks into the season. NBC has averaged a 2.8 rating in the demo, the one most important to advertisers, while Fox and CBS are both averaging a 2.4.

Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said over the summer that the Super Bowl could help CBS become the highest-rated network in the demo this season, as well as remain the most-watched network overall.

But the ratings leader for now is NBC, thanks largely to the success of TV's top-rated show, "Sunday Night Football," and the hit singing competition "The Voice."

More good news for NBC: It is the only network that is up in both the demo and total viewers. ABC, CBS and Fox are down in both.

And some bad news: Though tops in the demo, NBC is third in total viewers. It is, however, doing better than it was at this point last year, when it was fourth.


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