The Oscars are in a three-year slump, and Sunday’s show had the smallest audience in nine years.

But it’s relative. The Oscars still led the weekly ratings for Feb. 20-26 by huge margins and helped ABC score an easy win in the network race. The network’s 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 was more than double that of its closest competition (CBS and NBC, each at 1.0), and it led CBS by more than 2 million viewers.

The Oscar ceremony’s 9.1 rating was almost four points ahead of the No. 2 show (the final segment of the red carpet show). “The Big Bang Theory” (2.8 in adults 18-49) and “NCIS” (14.87 million viewers) were the top regular programs in their respective categories.

Here are the network standings for the week of Feb. 20-26 and the season to date.

Feb. 20-26 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 2.4/9 (1) 1.0/4 (2t) 0.5/2 (7) 0.8/3 (4) 1.0/4 (2t) 0.6/2 (6) 0.7/3 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 8.85 (1) 6.80 (2) 1.45 (7) 2.87 (4) 4.25 (3) 1.46 (6) 2.07 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.7/6 (4) 1.9/7 (3) 0.6/2 (6t) 2.2/8 (2) 2.3/8 (1) 0.6/2 (6t) 0.7/2 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 6.50 (4) 10.05 (1) 1.80 (6) 7.01 (3) 8.67 (2) 1.64 (7) 1.88 (5)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Feb. 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE OSCARS – S ABC Sun. 8:30 PM 9.1 11,679
2 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET PT 3 – S ABC Sun. 8:01 PM 5.2 6,615
3 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET PT 2 – S ABC Sun. 7:30 PM 3.5 4,468
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.8 3,627
5 THE BACHELOR ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.5 3,223
THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.5 3,177
7 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET PT 1 – S ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 2.2 2,877
8 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,616
MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 2.0 2,544
10 THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,247
11 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,105
BLACK-ISH ABC Weds. 9:31 PM 1.6 2,047
CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.6 2,026
SPEECHLESS ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 1.6 1,999
15 THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,904
THE GREAT INDOORS CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.5 1,876
17 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.4 1,859
HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER – F ABC Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.4 1,855
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,817
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR ALL-STARS – S NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,799
THE WALL NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,796
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 1.4 1,794
SHARK TANK ABC Fri. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,745
LETHAL WEAPON FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,735
25 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,712
CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.3 1,709
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,693
MAN WITH A PLAN CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 1.3 1,681
CRIMINAL MINDS CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,657


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op 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Feb. 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 THE OSCARS – S ABC Sun. 8:30 PM 32,937
2 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET PT 3 – S ABC Sun. 8:01 PM 20,892
3 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET PT 2 – S ABC Sun. 7:30 PM 15,279
4 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 14,873
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 13,382
6 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET PT 1 – S ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 11,460
7 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,665
8 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 9,576
9 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 9,367
10 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 9,122
11 THE BACHELOR ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 7,896
12 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,719
13 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 7,618
14 BLUE BLOODS – R CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 7,382
15 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 7,327
16 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 7,293
17 THE GREAT INDOORS CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 7,289
18 SCORPION CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 7,195
19 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 7,161
20 MACGYVER CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 6,928
21 MAN WITH A PLAN CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 6,752
22 SUPERIOR DONUTS CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 6,708
23 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,677
24 MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 6,646
25 LAST MAN STANDING ABC Fri. 8:00 PM 6,600

All program ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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