The Olympics took NBC to the top of the ratings podium on Monday night, as Fox and The CW’s entire lineups hit series lows against the stiff competition.
The 2014 Sochi Winter Games ticked down a bit versus 2010’s Vancouver competition, though these Olympics are entirely tape-delayed and Monday lacked the popular ice-skating events that the comparable night featured in 2010.
NBC was first in ratings with a 6.4 rating/17 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 22.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. The Olympics were the only program on the primetime schedule and dipped 11 percent versus 2010.
ABC was second in ratings with a 1.9/5 and in viewers with 6.3 million. “The Bachelor” at 8 earned a 2.3/6 and 7.8 million viewers. A rerun followed.
Fox was third in ratings with a 1.6/4 and fourth in viewers with 5.1 million. “Almost Human” at 8 received a 1.5/4 and 5.4 million viewers. “The Following” at 9 got a 1.7/4 and 4.7 million viewers. Both were lows.
CBS and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 1.3/3. CBS was third in viewers with 6 million viewers. Univision was fifth with 3.2 million viewers.
For CBS, following reruns, “Intelligence” at 10 had a 1.3/3 and 6.9 million viewers.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and 1.5 million viewers.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in total viewers with 900,000. “Hart of Dixie” at 8 got a 0.3/1 and 1 million viewers. “Beauty & the Beast” had a 0.3/1 and 772,000 viewers.