Press release from CBS, Jan. 30, 2019:
CBS’ reach (or “cume” audience) over the first 17 weeks of the 2018-2019 broadcast season is 218 million viewers – the most of any broadcaster. “Cume audience” is defined as the number of unduplicated viewers that are exposed to a television program across a stated period of time. These numbers include viewers who watched at least six minutes of a given telecast of a program – a much higher threshold than many digital companies.
In primetime, the CBS Television Network averages 81.90 million unduplicated viewers each week.
“The most popular series on TV reside almost exclusively on the broadcast networks, and they are watched in massive numbers with independently verified measurement,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “These series resonate with tens of millions of viewers on a daily and weekly basis, year round.”
Among all regular series reaching the most unduplicated viewers this season (based on Nielsen “cume” audience figures – see chart below), CBS has the top show, 60 MINUTES (80.14m); the top scripted show, THE BIG BANG THEORY (51.65m); and the #1 new show, GOD FRIENDED ME (50.62m).
In addition, CBS continues its 11-consecutive-year reign as “America’s Most-Watched Network” by leading in Total Viewers using the traditional P2+ (Total Viewers, Average Minute Audience) metric across all networks during primetime.
TOP REGULARLY SCHEDULED SERIES – UNDUPLICATED VIEWERSHIP (MINIMUM 6 MINUTES THROUGH WEEK 17 OF 2018-2019 SEASON)
- 60 MINUTES – CBS80.14M
- THE VOICE (MONDAY) – NBC57.58M
- THE BIG BANG THEORY – CBS51.65M
- GOD FRIENDED ME – CBS50.62M
- THE VOICE (TUESDAY) – NBC48.61M
- MANIFEST – NBC48.20M
- NCIS – CBS48.15M
- THIS IS US – NBC47.03M
- FBI – CBS 43.81M
- AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – ABC43.12M
- YOUNG SHELDON – CBS 42.86M