Last week, CBS boss Leslie Moonves told ad buyers his network was at the "center" of the media universe. On Tuesday, he proved why.
CBS wrapped the 2012-13 TV season with a commanding victory in every single ratings category, according to Nielsen.
That includes the key demographic of viewers ages 18 to 49, which CBS -- long the oldest-skewing of the four major broadcast networks -- had not won since the 1991-92 season.
Actually, CBS was down 3% in that category compared with the previous season. But all of its competitors dropped, too. Fox, hard hit by erosion at "American Idol," slid 22% and barely scraped past No. 3 NBC.
Among total viewers, CBS was easily No. 1, averaging 11.8 million total viewers -- a 1% uptick.
Of course, a big part of CBS' success was its broadcast of the Super Bowl, far and away the most-watched show on TV every year. But the home of "NCIS" and "The Big Bang Theory" was strong enough that it would have won even without the big game.