What Are Men Watching Other Than Sports in Broadcast TV Primetime?
By John Consoli -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/14/2012 2:29:21 PM
Nielsen ratings data finds that through the first 10 weeks of the season, in the male 18-34 demo, there is a tie for the top spot between Fox's Family Guy and The Simpsons, each averaging a 4.1 rating, while in the male 18-49 demo, the highest rated series is CBS' The Big Bang Theory with a 4.4. And yes, while the viewer numbers are small, men 18-24 are indeed watching broadcast primetime entertainment shows with the highest rated in that demo also being Fox's Family Guy with a 4.0.
Overall, Fox's Sunday animation block has four of the top 10 highest rated shows among men 18-34. After Family Guy and The Simpsons, the next highest rated series is Fox's animated American Dad with a 3.3 rating, followed by ABC's Modern Family and CBS' The Big Bang Theory, each with a 3.1. Next are Fox animated series Bob's Burgers (2.9) and The Cleveland Show (2.7). Rounding out the top 10 are NBC's Monday edition of The Voice with a 2.6, and CBS sitcoms How I Met Your Mother with a 2.5 and Two and a Half Men with a 2.2. Just missing the top 10 list are the Wednesday edition of Fox's The X Factor with a 2.1 and Fox sitcom New Girl with a 2.0.
Among men 18-49, in second place behind The Big Bang Theory is ABC sitcom Modern Family with a 4.0 rating. The Simpsons is next with a 3.9, followed closely by Family Guy with a 3.7. Then comes CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men with a 3.3, followed by CBS drama NCIS and the Monday edition of The Voice with a 3.2, while The Voice on Tuesday is averaging a 2.9. Rounding out the top 10 are CBS' 60 Minutes and How I Met Your Mother, each with a 2.8. A bunch of shows are tied right after that including: Fox's American Dad, NBC freshman drama Revolution, CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls and CBS dramas NCIS: Los Angeles and Person of Interest, each with a 2.7 rating among men 18-49.
Among men 18-24, the Fox Sunday animation block is the primary focus of weekly viewership, taking up the top five spots on the list. Right behind Family Guy (with a 4.0 rating in the demo) is American Dad with a 3.9, followed by The Simpsons with a 3.4, and a tie between Bob's Burgers and The Cleveland Show, each with a 2.6 rating. There is a pretty good drop-off to the next highest rated series which is Big Bang with a 2.0. Next are Two and a Half Men and Modern Family, each averaging a 1.9. Rounding out the top 10 are How I Met Your Mother with a 1.8, and surprisingly, CBS' 60 Minutes, which has a median age audience of about 60.
The most watched CW show among men in all three demo groups is freshman drama Arrow, which has a 1.0 rating among men 18-24 and 18-34 and a 1.3 rating among men 18-49. However, the male viewer totals are tiny. The CW is averaging only 58,000 viewers among men 18-24, 136,000 male viewers 18-34 and 282,000 men 18-49.
ABC is averaging 129,000 male viewers 18-24, 430,000 men 18-34 and 1.1 million male viewers 18-49. That compares to 190,000 female viewers 18-24, 635,000 female viewers 18-34 and 1.6 million female viewers 18-49.
CBS is averaging 125,000 male viewers 18-24, 407,000 men 18-34 and 1.2 million male viewers 18-49. That compares to 156,000 female viewers 18-24, 513,000 female viewers 18-34 and 1.6 million female viewers 18-49.
Fox is averaging 207,000 male viewers 18-24, 632,000 men 18-34 and 1.3 million male viewers 18-49. That compares to 207,000 female viewers 18-24, 618,000 female viewers 18-34 and 1.2 million female viewers 18-49. The Fox male numbers may be slightly skewed because it televises Saturday night college football.
The NBC numbers are higher across the board because of the inclusion of its Sunday Night Football telecasts, which significantly boost its viewership of all demo groups, including women. MBPT did not get a separate overall breakout of entertainment programming viewership minus the football telecasts. However, outside of football, NBC does not draw huge amounts of men to its entertainment programming.
Looking at individual numbers, following its two highest-rated male shows in the 18-34 demo -- two episodes of The Voice -- the next highest rated are sitcom The Office and freshman drama Revolution with a 1.9. Next is sitcom Parks and Recreation with a 1.7. Freshman sitcom The New Normal and freshman drama Chicago Fire are the only other shows to average a 1.0 rating in the demo. The rest fall below that mark.
Behind The Voice and Revolution, NBC's most-watched shows among men 18-49 are The Office with a 2.0, freshman sitcom Go On with a 1.8, Parks and Recreation with a 1.6 and new drama Chicago Fire with a 1.4.
Other than Modern Family, ABC also doesn't have many series that men 18-34 or men 18-49 are flocking to. The second most watched ABC show among men 18-34 behind Modern Family is drama Once Upon a Time with a 1.9, after which comes Grey's Anatomy with a 1.6 and sitcoms Suburgatory and The Middle, each with a 1.4.
Among ABC male viewers 18-49, again behind Modern Family are Once Upon a Time with a 2.2, The Middle with a 2.1, Suburgatory and Grey's with a 1.9 each and Shark Tank with a 1.7.
Beyond its Sunday animation block, The X Factor and New Girl, the most watched Fox shows among men 18-34 are Bones with a 1.5 rating, and Glee, The Mindy Project and Raising Hope, each with a 1.3. Among men 18-49, top rated Fox shows behind the animated series, The X Factor and New Girl are Bones with a 1.8 and Glee and Raising Hope with a 1.5.
While marketers can reach men in the 18-34 and 18-49 demos on broadcast, other than the Fox animated shows, the targets outside of sports for marketers are few and far between, with many saying cable is a better alternative.
Brad Adgate, senior VP of research at Horizon Media says, "Outside of the Fox animation Sunday night block, I wouldn't use broadcast prime to reach young males. Even late-night broadcast shows now have a median age above 50. It seems like it would be more effective to target using cable networks like History, FX, Comedy Central, Discovery, AMC and Spike, among others."
Billie Gold, VP, director of buying/programming research at Carat agrees. "Advertisers have never really bought scripted broadcast prime with the exception of Fox's animated block to reach men outside of sports," Gold says. "It has always been value added when marketers reach men through their regular broadcast buys. That's why live sports pricing is so high because it does reach those hard-to-find men. Cable networks like History, Discovery and A&E are full of testosterone-laden programming."
They are probably watching The Walking Dead on AMC, the #1 show on television this b'cast season for M18-34 & M18-49.
Tom Ziangas - 12/18/2012 2:39:48 PM EST
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