NBC easily dominated the night with coverage of the winter Olympics in Vancouver averaging 25.28 million viewers and a 7.1/19  rating share with adults 18-49.  While down significantly from Wednesday night (and Wednesday was the USA team’s best outing ever, in terms of number of medals for the winter Olympics) it still crushed the mostly repeat and burn off competition.

Grey’s Anatomy wasn’t a repeat though and after seeing a series low last week with a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating, the Olympics poured salt on the wound and Grey’s saw a new low, dropping to a 3.7 rating with the 18-49 crowd and a mere (for Grey’s) 10.21 million viewers.  It will be interesting to see the DVR numbers for last night’s Grey’s in a few weeks.  Private Practice also dropped, to a 2.8 rating with adults 18-49, a low since moving to Thursdays.

Survivor: Heroes and Villains was down from its great premiere numbers last week when it averaged a 4.5 rating with adults 18-49 and over 14 million viewers, but still had a better night than Grey’s.  In last night’s one hour edition of Survivor at 8pm it scored a 3.9/11 rating/share with adults 18-49 and 11.94 million viewers overall.

New series Past Life and The Deep End fared miserably, but it always seemed like those shows were just burn off to throw under the Olympics bus. ABC and FOX might have been better off airing repeats instead.   Though ABC fared better than CBS with adults 18-34, with two hours of repeats CBS had more viewers and the same adults 18-49 rating.  The Bones rerun performed much better than Past Life, and FOX came in behind Univision for the night.  With adults 18-34, Univision came in ahead of both CBS and FOX.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millons)
8:00 NBC Vancouver Winter Olympics 6.2/18 24.17
CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains 3.9/11 11.94
FOX Bones (R) 1.6/4 5.72
ABC The Deep End 1.1/3 4.26
CW The Vampire Diaries (R) 0.7/2 1.70
9:00 NBC Vancouver Winter Olympics 8.3/21 28.36
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.7/9 10.21
CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.9/5 8.82
FOX Past Life 1.1/3 3.49
CW Supernatural (R) 0.7/2 1.53
10:00 NBC Vancouver Winter Olympics 6.8/18 23.33
ABC Private Practice 2.8/7 7.62
CBS CSI (R) 1.7/5 7.90

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