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Ratings: Simone Biles’ Bronze Can’t Boost NBC’s Nielsen Numbers

Rio Olympics slip from both prior evening and previous Monday

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.