ABC Dethrones CBS on TV Network Ranking, Thanks to Oscars

ABC captured a 7.15% viewership share last week, per Inscape.

ABC Dethrones CBS on TV Network Ranking, Thanks to Oscars

Each week, we highlight the most-watched shows and networks using insights from Inscape, the currency-grade smart TV ACR data provider and data technology division of Vizio. Data is linear, live TV only and includes all episode types (new and reruns). Rankings are by percent share duration (i.e., time spent watching). Here's a look at the top 25 networks by viewership share for March 4-10 — head over to TVREV to see the program ranking and get insights about the top shows by watch-time.

There’s a new network leader in town! ABC, fueled by Oscars watch-time, takes the ranking crown with a 7.15% viewership share. CBS, which had reigned supreme since mid-January, slips to second place with a 6.84% share.

A few more insights around the most-watched TV networks:

  • Although they maintain ranking positions, Fox News, ESPN, ION, USA and Bravo each grew their viewership shares week-over-week. 
  • Cable news networks MSNBC and CNN increased watch-time and ranking position compared to the previous week, thanks in part to the State of the Union and Super Tuesday coverage. 
  • Comedy Central is the sole week-over-week ranking newcomer, hopping one spot up from No. 26 to No. 25. Reruns of Seinfeld, The Office and South Park drove much of the network’s watch-time. 

Want more insights? TVREV has data on the most-watched TV programming last week.