Olympics and NBC dominate again: Week 22 broadcast Top 25 and network rankings

The final week of the Winter Olympics kept NBC at the top of the ratings mountain for Feb. 19-25.

NBC scored lower for the week than it did the week before — as is typical for most Olympics — but still led both the adults 18-49 and total-viewer rankings by wide margins. Olympics telecasts took up the top 8 spots in both measures.

For the season, NBC has a likely insurmountable 0.9-point lead over second-place FOX in adults 18-49. The Peacock leads CBS by 1.16 million total viewers, a gap that should narrow considerably between now and May.

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

Feb. 19-25 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.9/3 (2t) 0.9/3 (2t) 0.2/1 (7) 0.5/2 (5t) 3.1/13 (1) 0.5/2 (5t) 0.6/3 (4)
Viewers in millions (rank) 3.47 (3) 4.83 (2) 0.84 (7) 2.04 (4) 14.19 (1) 1.20 (6) 1.83 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.4/5 (4) 1.6/6 (3) 0.6/2 (5) 1.7/6 (2) 2.6/10 (1) 0.5/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.77 (3) 9.11 (1) 1.76 (5) 5.62 (4) 10.27 (1) 1.28 (7) 1.55 (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. 19-25, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 4.0 5,114
2 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 3.8 4,920
3 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Thurs. 8:30 PM 3.5 4,466
4 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 3.3 4,308
5 WINTER OLYMPICS CLOSING CEREMONY NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 3.0 3,812
6 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Fri. 8:30 PM 2.9 3,739
7 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Sat. 9:00 PM 2.2 2,858
WINTER OLYMPICS GALA NBC Sat. 10:00 PM 2.2 2,782
9 THE BACHELOR ABC M…… 8:00 PM 1.7 2,170
10 AP BIO NBC Sun. 10:31 PM 1.4 1,809
BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,807
BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION – F CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,790
NBA SATURDAY PRIMETIME – THUNDER/WARRIORS ABC Sat. 8:31 PM 1.4 1,767
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,737
PYEONGCHANG GOLD – S NBC Sun. 7:00 PM 1.3 1,656
BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,612
17 PREMIO LO NUESTRO – S UNI Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,587
YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.2 1,586
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.1 1,468
THE BACHELOR: THE WOMEN TELL ALL – S ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,457
BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,416
22 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 1.0 1,270
NASCAR POST-RACE FOX Sun. 7:09 PM 1.0 1,236
24 THE AMAZING RACE – F CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,156
THE BACHELOR WINTER GAMES ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,130
MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:31 PM 0.9 1,123
BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Sat. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,122

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for Feb. 19-25, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 17,528
2 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 16,367
3 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Thurs. 8:30 PM 15,253
4 WINTER OLYMPICS CLOSING CEREMONY NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 14,780
5 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 14,168
6 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Fri. 8:30 PM 12,895
7 WINTER OLYMPICS NBC Sat. 9:00 PM 11,691
8 WINTER OLYMPICS GALA NBC Sat. 10:00 PM 10,853
9 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 8,326
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,914
11 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 7,201
12 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 7,039
13 PYEONGCHANG GOLD – S NBC Sun. 7:00 PM 6,980
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 6,357
15 THE BACHELOR ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 6,285
16 AP BIO NBC Sun. 10:31 PM 5,888
17 BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 5,541
18 BULL – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 5,481
19 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – R CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 5,307
20 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 5,282
21 BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION – F CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 5,210
22 BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 5,114
23 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:31 PM 4,878
24 BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 4,643
25 THE AMAZING RACE – F CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 4,346

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