The start of the Winter Olympics delivered a ratings victory for NBC in the week of Feb. 5 — along with something the network hasn’t had in almost 16 years.

NBC has taken the lead for the season to date in total viewers, moving slightly ahead of CBS (9.57 million to 9.39 million). It’s the first time the network has been in first place in both adults 18-49 and total viewers since the 2001-02 season, when “Friends” and “ER” were top-5 shows and the network got huge numbers from a U.S.-hosted Winter Olympics.

CBS was the total-viewer champion in 14 of the prior 15 seasons, with FOX grabbing one title during “American Idol’s” heyday.

NBC is likely to keep a lock on the adults 18-49 lead for the remainder of the season. Depending how the remainder of the Olympics perform, however, there’s a chance CBS could reclaim the viewer lead; if you strip out sports from both networks, the Eye leads NBC by 1.9 million viewers.

Here are the network standings for last week and the season so far.

Feb. 5-11 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.0/4 (2) 0.9/3 (3) 0.4/2 (6t) 0.8/3 (4) 3.6/14 (1) 0.4/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.04 (3) 5.55 (2) 1.37 (6) 2.85 (4) 15.62 (1) 1.11 (7) 1.56 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.4/6 (4) 1.7/6 (3) 0.6/2 (5) 1.8/7 (2) 2.5/10 (1) 0.5/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.91 (3) 9.39 (2) 1.76 (5) 5.89 (4) 9.57 (1) 1.29 (7) 1.54 (6)

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. 5-11, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 WINTER OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY NBC Fri. 8:00 PM 6.5 8,411
2 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Sun. 7:00 PM 5.4 6,947
3 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Sat. 8:00 PM 4.8 6,200
4 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Thurs. 8:30 PM 3.7 4,750
5 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.7 3,468
6 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,573
7 ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES – F NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,408
8 BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,376
THE BACHELOR ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,319
10 THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC Mon. 10:01 PM 1.7 2,182
9-1-1 FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,160
12 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,894
CHICAGO MED NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 1.5 1,880
THE WALL NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,876
15 BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,808
16 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,682
THE FOUR – F FOX Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,654
18 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,603
BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,599
THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,594
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,556
BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,496
23 SCANDAL ABC Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,455
THE AMAZING RACE CBS Weds. 9:01 PM 1.1 1,397
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER – F NBC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,386
LETHAL WEAPON FOX Tues. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,378
MAN WITH A PLAN CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 1.1 1376
THE RESIDENT FOX Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1363

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Feb. 5-11, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 WINTER OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY NBC Fri. 8:00 PM 27,837
2 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Sun. 7:00 PM 22,676
3 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Sat. 8:00 PM 21,394
4 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Thurs. 8:30 PM 16,003
5 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 13,897
6 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,900
7 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 10,136
8 THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC Mon. 10:01 PM 9,638
9 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 8,385
10 ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES – F NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 7,703
11 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 7,605
12 CHICAGO MED NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 7,363
13 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,329
14 BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 7,277
15 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 7,249
16 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 6,956
17 THE BACHELOR ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 6,832
18 THE WALL NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 6,749
19 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 6,642
20 9-1-1 FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 6,640
21 MAN WITH A PLAN CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 6,465
22 THE BLACKLIST NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 6,352
23 SUPERIOR DONUTS CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 5,663
24 THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 5,628
25 SCORPION CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 5,554

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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