CBS, Fox set the pace again

Season ratings leaders tie for week's demo crown

CBS and Fox started their dash to the finish line with shared leadership of the young-adults demo in last week’s primetime ratings race.

Fox, which is on its way to an eighth straight season as the top-rated network among adults 18-49, tied with CBS for the frame. The Eye is set to finish a close second for the season in the key demo while prevailing once again in both adults 25-54 and total viewers.

CBS held the edge over Fox in adults 25-54 (3.1/8 to 2.7/8) and dominated as usual in total viewers (10 million to 7.9 million for runner-up ABC).

Fox’s “American Idol” edged out a trio of other shows as last week’s top draw among adults 18-49 (4.5 rating/13) while CBS’ “NCIS” was the most-watched show overall (18.2 million viewers).

The second full week of the May sweep also saw more finales, including those for NBC’s “The Voice,” CBS’ “Survivor” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and “Desperate Housewives.” All of these shows posted week-to-week gains, with “Housewives” going out on a season high (3.2/8 in 18-49, 11.12m).

Overall for the May 7-13 frame, CBS and Fox tied in adults 18-49 with a 2.3 rating/7 share, followed by ABC (2.1/6), NBC (1.7/5), Univision (1.4/4) and top cabler TNT (1.2/3).

The Eye was led by the season finale of “The Big Bang Theory” (4.4/15, 13.72m), which tied with ABC’s “Modern Family” (4.4/12, 10.58m) as the week’s No. 1 scripted show in 18-49.

Another CBS comedy, Monday rookie “2 Broke Girls,” wrapped its strong season with an hourlong episode (3.3/10, 10.74m). Among other shows wrapping were “CSI” (2.4/7, 10.73m), which led its Wednesday hour; “Blue Bloods” (1.3/4, 10.73m); and “Survivor” (2.9/8, 10.34m), with the reality vet down about 25% year to year.

For Fox, “American Idol” dominated its Wednesday timeslot (4.5/13, 16.46m), and Thursday’s results show ranked fourth for the week in 18-49 (4.0/13, 15.62m). Also in the top 25 were the net’s Tuesday combo of “New Girl,” which rallied for its finale (2.8/8, 5.61m), and “Glee” (2.7/8, 6.67m).

ABC had a strong Sunday with the season finale of rookie hit “Once Upon a Time” (3.3/10, 9.66m), and “Desperate Housewives” ended its eight-year run on a season high (3.2/8, 11.12m). Another show wrapping a winner was Monday drama “Castle” (2.4/6, 12.36m).

NBC was up week to week thanks to an extra hour of “The Voice,” which wrapped its second season with a two-hour finale Tuesday (4.4/12, 11.93m). But the net’s top scripted show was “The Office” (2.3/7, 4.49m), whose finale was well below last year’s closer.

The top cable program was TNT’s coverage of Game 7 of the NBA playoff series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets (3.0/12, 6.46m), which dominated Saturday and ranked among the week’s top 15 primetime shows in 18-49.

On the entertainment side, the highest-rated series in 18-49 were HBO’s “Game of Thrones” (1.9/5, 3.69m), History’s “Swamp People” (1.4/4, 3.84m) and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” (1.2/3, 2.26m).

Also, TLC saw a good third-season preem on Sunday for “Sister Wives” (0.9/2, 2.04m), standing as the top cable show in the 9 o’clock hour in key femme demos.

More TV

  • BBC Studios Sets Leadership Team, BBC

    BBC Studios Sets Leadership Team, BBC Worldwide Content Chief Exiting

    CBS and Fox started their dash to the finish line with shared leadership of the young-adults demo in last week’s primetime ratings race. Fox, which is on its way to an eighth straight season as the top-rated network among adults 18-49, tied with CBS for the frame. The Eye is set to finish a close […]

  • Sony Launches New Unscripted Banner with

    Sony Launches New Unscripted Banner with U.K. Producer Alan Brown

    CBS and Fox started their dash to the finish line with shared leadership of the young-adults demo in last week’s primetime ratings race. Fox, which is on its way to an eighth straight season as the top-rated network among adults 18-49, tied with CBS for the frame. The Eye is set to finish a close […]

  • ‘Dunkirk,' ‘Black Mirror’ Winners at Casting

    ‘Dunkirk,' ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards

    CBS and Fox started their dash to the finish line with shared leadership of the young-adults demo in last week’s primetime ratings race. Fox, which is on its way to an eighth straight season as the top-rated network among adults 18-49, tied with CBS for the frame. The Eye is set to finish a close […]

  • Grown-ish

    'Grown-ish' Renewed for Season 2 at Freeform

    CBS and Fox started their dash to the finish line with shared leadership of the young-adults demo in last week’s primetime ratings race. Fox, which is on its way to an eighth straight season as the top-rated network among adults 18-49, tied with CBS for the frame. The Eye is set to finish a close […]

  • MARVEL'S CLOAK & DAGGER - Freeform's

    Freeform Sets Premiere Dates for 'Cloak & Dagger,' 'Bold Type' Season 2

    CBS and Fox started their dash to the finish line with shared leadership of the young-adults demo in last week’s primetime ratings race. Fox, which is on its way to an eighth straight season as the top-rated network among adults 18-49, tied with CBS for the frame. The Eye is set to finish a close […]

  • Rose McGowan

    10 Things We Learned at the Television Critics Assn. Press Tour

    CBS and Fox started their dash to the finish line with shared leadership of the young-adults demo in last week’s primetime ratings race. Fox, which is on its way to an eighth straight season as the top-rated network among adults 18-49, tied with CBS for the frame. The Eye is set to finish a close […]

  • The cast of HEATHERS from l

    TV News Roundup: 'Heathers' Series Releases First Trailer (Watch)

    CBS and Fox started their dash to the finish line with shared leadership of the young-adults demo in last week’s primetime ratings race. Fox, which is on its way to an eighth straight season as the top-rated network among adults 18-49, tied with CBS for the frame. The Eye is set to finish a close […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content