TV ratings: Olympics skate to another win Thursday

evan-lysacek2-320.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010

Evan Lysacek's gold medal in men's figure skating at the Olympics carried NBC to another ratings win Thursday, driving "Grey's Anatomy" to one of its smallest audiences ever in the process.

NBC's 25.3 million viewers and 14.7 rating/23 share in households won the night by a huge margin. CBS (9.55 million, 5.9/9) came in second, while ABC (7.4 million, 4.9/8) was third. FOX came in fourth with 4.6 million viewers and a 2.9/5. The CW (1.6 million, 1.1/2) trailed.

The story was pretty much the same in the adults 18-49 demographic, where NBC drew a 7.1. ABC and CBS tied for second at 2.5. FOX averaged 1.3 and The CW 0.7.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (24.2 million viewers, 14.1/22 households)
CBS: "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" (11.9 million, 6.9/11)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (5.7 million, 3.7/6)
ABC: "The Deep End" (4.3 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.7 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (6.2)

9 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (28.4 million, 16.2/25)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (10.2 million, 6.6/10)
CBS: "The Mentalist" rerun (8.8 million, 5.7/9)
FOX: "Past Life" (3.5 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (8.3)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (23.3 million, 13.9/23)
CBS: "CSI" rerun (7.9 million, 5.3/9)
ABC: "Private Practice" (7.6 million, 5.1/8)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (6.8)

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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