NBC’s Rio Olympics ratings slipped last night versus both Sunday and the prior Monday’s primetime — but a giant win is still a giant win.
With Team USA’s Simon Biles taking bronze on the balance beam, NBC beat its closest broadcast competition from 8-11 p.m. by a cool 20 million total viewers.
With wire-to-wire Rio coverage, NBC was first in TV ratings with a 6.9 rating/24 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 23.9 million, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers.
ABC was second in ratings with a 1.1/4 and in viewers with 3.9 million. “Bachelor in Paradise” at 8 p.m. put up a 1.4/5 and 4.7 million viewers. “Mistresses” at 10 had a 0.5/2 and 2.2 million viewers.
CBS and Telemundo tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/2. Airing all reruns, CBS was third in total viewers with 3.4 million; Telemundo was fourth with 1.7 million.
Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.
Fox was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.4 million, running just an encore.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.1 million, also airing only repeats.