TV ratings: Olympics rule Monday despite slide

virtue-moir-olympics-320.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, Feb. 22, 2010

Monday's prime-time Winter Olympics telecast posted the some of the lowest ratings of the games, but it still dominated the evening.

NBC averaged 21.1 million viewers and a 12.7 rating/20 share in households for the night -- its second-smallest audience of the Olympics so far but still far and away the night's leader. ABC (9.2 million, 5.9/9) finished second. CBS (7.8 million, 5.0/8) beat out FOX (7.4 million, 4.3/7) for third place, and The CW trailed with 2.1 million viewers and a 1.3/2.

NBC also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.4 rating, well ahead of second-place ABC's 3.0. CBS took third with a 2.5, edging out FOX's 2.4. The CW drew a 0.9.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (20.4 million viewers, 12.1/18 households)
ABC: "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" (10.8 million, 6.9/10)
FOX: "House" rerun (6.1 million, 3.9/6)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (6.1 million, 3.9/6)/"Accidentally on Purpose" rerun (5.3 million, 3.4/5)
The CW: "One Tree Hill" (2.2 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader:
Winter Olympics (4.9)

9 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (21.6 million, 12.9/19)
ABC: "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" (11.6 million, 7.4/11)
CBS: "Two and a Half Men" rerun (10.3 million, 6.5/10)/"The Big Bang Theory" rerun (9.1 million, 5.8/9)
FOX: "24" (8.7 million, 5.1/8)
The CW: "Life Unexpected" (2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (5.5)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (21.2 million, 12.9/22)
CBS: "CSI: Miami" rerun (7.95 million, 5.2/9)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (5.1 million, 3.5/6)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (5.6)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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