With the USA continuing to win medals in Vancouver, of course the Winter Olympics won the Sunday night ratings battle, while CBS’s Undercover Boss remained strong. The rest of the primetime competition recovered a bit from last Sunday.

The Winter Olympics 5.7 rating for adults 18-49 on Sunday night was up 4% from the same night of the Torino (2006) games, but down 19% from last Sunday’s telecast.

While still down vs. its season averages, Fox’s line up recovered substantially from last Sunday with The Simpsons up 15% to a 3.0 rating, The Cleveland Show up 17% to a 2.8 rating and American Dad up 12% to a 2.8 rating. Update: There was a short NASCAR overrun into the 7pm half hour in the East/Central.

While Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was up sharply (32%) vs. last Sunday to a 2.5 rating, the rest of ABC’s lineup was held down by the Olympics. Desperate Housewives 3.7 rating matched its series low rating from 1/31/10. Brother & Sisters recovered a bit (+4%) to a 2.5 rating vs. 1/31/10.

Undercover Boss continues to be a star for CBS. It fell just 8% from last week to a still strong 4.8 rating. Amazing Race was up 4% to a 2.9 rating, and even Cold Case was up 10% to a 2.3 rating.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 NBC XXI Winter Olympics 4.2 12 16.583
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.8 5 6.848
CBS 60 Minutes 1.7 5 10.984
FOX NASCAR overrun/Til Death 1.5 5 4.249
7:30 NBC XXI Winter Olympics 5.3 15 20.645
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos 2.3 7 8.301
CBS 60 Minutes 1.9 5 11.530
FOX Til Death 1.2 3 2.909
8:00 NBC XXI Winter Olympics 6.0 15 24.662
FOX The Simpsons 3.0 8 6.082
CBS Amazing Race 16 2.8 7 9.119
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2.3 6 7.691
8:30 NBC XXI Winter Olympics 6.6 16 26.033
CBS Amazing Race 16 2.9 7 9.059
FOX The Cleveland Show 2.8 7 5.597
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2.6 6 8.290
9:00 NBC XXI Winter Olympics 6.6 15 25.971
CBS Undercover Boss 4.3 10 12.556
ABC Desperate Housewives 3.7 9 10.962
FOX Family Guy (repeat) 3.1 7 6.299
9:30 NBC XXI Winter Olympics 5.7 13 23.362
CBS Undercover Boss 5.2 12 14.624
ABC Desperate Housewives 3.6 8 10.745
FOX American Dad 2.8 6 5.643
10:00 NBC XXI Winter Olympics 5.5 14 21.546
ABC Brothers & Sisters 2.6 7 8.236
CBS Cold Case 2.4 6 9.075
10:30 NBC XXI Winter Olympics 5.4 15 20.530
ABC Brothers & Sisters 2.4 7 7.619
CBS Cold Case 2.2 6 8.443

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