TV ratings: Winter Olympics dip but still dominate Monday

shen-xhao2-olympics-320.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, Feb. 15, 2010

The audience for the Winter Olympics fell off a little on Monday night, but even so, no one else came close to threatening NBC's dominance.

NBC averaged 25.5 million viewers and a 14.4 rating/22 share in households for the night, down a touch from Sunday's 26.3 million viewers. ABC was the best of the rest, drawing 9.6 million viewers and a 6.1/9. CBS (8.1 million, 5.2/8) came in third, followed by FOX (7.7 million, 4.6/7). The CW (1.8 million, 1.2/2) trailed.

In the adults 18-49 demo, NBC was actually up a bit on Monday, scoring a 7.2 rating compared to Sunday's 7.0. ABC, 3.2, finished a distant second. CBS, 2.6, edged FOX, 2.5, for third, while The CW came in at 0.9.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (26.35 million viewers, 14.8/22 households)
ABC: "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love" (11.2 million, 7.2/11)
FOX: "House" rerun (6.8 million, 4.2/6)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (5.9 million, 3.8/6)/"Accidentally on Purpose" rerun (5.5 million, 3.5/6)
The CW: "One Tree Hill" (1.9 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader:
Winter Olympics (7.3)

9 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (25.7 million, 14.2/21)
ABC: "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love" (11.8 million, 7.4/11)
CBS: "Two and a Half Men" rerun (10.55 million, 6.6/10)/"The Big Bang Theory" rerun (10 million, 6.1/9)
FOX: "24" (8.5 million, 5.0/7)
The CW: "Life Unexpected" (1.8 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader:
Winter Olympics (7.3)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (24.5 million, 14.1/23)
CBS: "CSI: Miami" rerun (8.4 million, 5.5/9)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (5.7 million, 3.8/6)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (7.0)

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

More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Photo credit: Getty Images