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CBS Wins the Season in Viewers for 6th Straight Year

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CBS Wins the Season in Viewers for 6th Straight Year

CBS will win the 2013-2014 season in viewers for the sixth consecutive year and 11th out of the last 12 seasons, according to Nielsen most current ratings through the week ending May 18.

With three nights remaining, CBS leads second-place NBC by +1.45 million viewers (10.73m vs. 9.28m). CBS is finishing the season strongly, winning the last 11 weeks in viewers (every week since the Academy Awards).

CBS also is #1 in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in Primetime with its deep roster of hits, excluding sports. In these categories, CBS ranks first in adults 18-49 (2.3/07) ahead of NBC (2.2/07), ABC (2.2/06) and FOX (2.0/06). Among adults 25-54, CBS (3.1/08) is ahead of NBC (2.7/07), ABC (2.7/07) and FOX (2.3/06).

In a sign of the Network's broad reach and demographic strength across the schedule, CBS will finish the season with more programs ranked among the top 30 in viewers (15), adults 18-49 (11) and adults 25-54 (13) than any other network.

Among comedies, CBS has eight of the top 10 in viewers including #1 THE BIG BANG THEORY, #3 THE MILLERS, #4 TWO AND A HALF MEN, #5 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, #7 MIKE & MOLLY, #8 2 Broke Girls and #9 MOM.

Among adults 18-49, CBS had seven of the top 10 comedies including #1 THE BIG BANG THEORY, #3 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, #5 2 BROKE GIRLS, #6 THE MILLERS, #7 Two and a Half Men and #8 MIKE & MOLLY.

CBS had four of the top five broadcast dramas in viewers and 12 of the top 20 including #1 NCIS, #2 NCIS: LOS ANGELES, #4 PERSON OF INTEREST, #5 Blue BLOODS, #7 CRIMINAL MINDS, #11 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, #12 ELEMENTARY, #13 HAWAII FIVE-0, #14 The Good Wife and #15 THE MENTALIST.

CBS has the #1 scripted program in viewers on five nights nights-Tuesday (NCIS), Wednesday (CRIMINAL MINDS), Thursday (THE BIG BANG THEORY), Friday (BLUE BLOODS) and Saturday (CRIMETIME SATURDAY).

Additional Primetime Highlights

#1 comedy/scripted series-THE BIG BANG THEORY
#1 drama-NCIS
#1 new comedy-THE MILLERS
#1 news program-60 MINUTES
#1 scripted broadcast in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34-THE BIG BANG THEORY
More time period winners in viewers than all other networks combined (14)
More time period winners in adults 25-54 than any other network (9)

Live +7 Day DVR Lift

CBS is the #1 network in L+7-Day DVR lift averaging +1.78 million viewers
Four of the top 10, and 10 of the top 20 gainers in viewers (more than any network) including:
#2 The Big Bang Theory (+ 4.28m)

#4 Elementary (+ 3.76m)

#8 Person of Interest (+3.50m)

#11 Blue Bloods (+ 3.11m)

#13 NCIS ( +3.08m)

#16 The Mentalist (+ 2.87m)

#16 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (+ 2.87m)

#18 Criminal Minds (+ 2.78m)

#20 Hawaii Five-0 ( +2.69m)


Sept. 23, 2013-May 18, 2014



CBS 10,733

NBC 9,279

ABC 7,591

FOX 7,352


Rtg Sh

CBS 3.2 8

NBC 3.3 9

ABC 2.6 7

FOX 2.9 7


Rtg Sh

CBS 2.4 7

NBC 2.7 8

ABC 2.1 6

FOX 2.5 7

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