For the first time in nine years, NBC announced on Tuesday, that it had one the November rating sweeps–successfully leaping from fourth place among the big four networks to number one this season. The Comcast-owned network earned an average 2.8 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic, which was up a whopping 17 percent over last year.
NBC is the only network this season to have gained viewers during this fall season, while ABC, CBS, and FOX continue to slip and lose audiences nationally. Of course NBC earns a huge boost in the ratings due to its primetime coverage of football during “Sunday Night Football,” but other shows, like “The Voice” and “Revolution” have also earned larger audiences for the broadcasting network.
CBS came in first for total viewers, continuing to make the network the home of the largest television audience, however, FOX has been encroaching on that territory in recent years. Regardless, NBC was thrilled with the milestone and NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said that he hoped that his network would be able to hold the top spot once American Idol returns in January. Still he would not be surprised if they lost the number one spot.
“I’d be astonished if we ended up to be number one,” he told reporters. “But I’d be thrilled if we landed at two, and I’d be really, really pleased if we were just in third place … I feel pretty confident that we are not going to end up in fourth place again.”