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CBS, NBC wrapping broadcast ratings year on top

|About: Fox Corporation (FOX)|By:, SA News Editor

A few days remain in the 2018-2019 broadcast ratings year, but the results are set, with CBS (CBS -0.8%) No. 1 among total viewers, and NBC (CMCSA -0.3%) tops among the key ad demographic of adults 18-49.

That's a reiteration of the results at the end of the traditional ratings year in May, where CBS and NBC held those leadership positions.

NBC's 1.4 rating in the key demographic is 0.2 ahead of ABC (DIS -1.1%), CBS and Fox (FOX, FOXA -0.1%). Meanwhile, the average of 7.4M viewers at CBS is almost a million better than No. 2 NBC.

Fox is the only network to increase total audience, growing by 7.5% to 4.46M viewers.

Overall, audience for the five major English-language broadcast networks dropped by 7% year-over-year, to an average combined 24.67M viewers.

Adults 18-49 fell even more, by 11.5%.

Part of that is coming from a non-Olympics year, and rightsholder NBC did take the steepest decline overall and in the key demo (17% and 22% drops respectively).

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