NBC audience soars with first full week of Olympics Games

United States' Michael Phelps shakes hands with teammate United States Nathan Adrian after their team won the men's 4 x 100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
From left to right, United States' Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel wave to the audience during the medal ceremony for the women's 4 x 100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

NEW YORK — You don't need to be a numbers-cruncher to guess what won the ratings race last week — and why.

With blanket coverage of the Rio Games, NBC had the ratings game all to itself in prime time, scoring the top seven slots (Tuesday, Thursday, Monday, Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday and Friday) by a mile while crushing its network rivals.

The network led with an average of 28.2 million viewers, trailed waaayyyyyy back by CBS with 3.6 million and ABC with 2.7 million, according to Nielsen figures. Spanish-language networks Univision (with 1.6 million) and Telemundo (1.4 million) both topped Fox, which barely had a pulse with 1.2 million. ION Television drew 1.1 million, followed by CW with 900,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, the Olympics-coverage setting gave NBC a nice bump in the evening-news race, which is usually neck-and-neck between NBC and ABC. NBC's "Nightly News" was decisively on top with 10.4 million viewers, followed by ABC's "World News Tonight" with 7.9 million. The "CBS Evening News" had 6.2 million.

NBC was crowing Tuesday that this, its seventh straight week at No. 1 in viewership, equals the network's longest winning streak in 19 years.

Among cable networks in prime time last week, Fox News Channel took the lead with 1.8 million viewers, followed by Disney Channel with 1.5 million.

For the week of Aug. 8-14, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: Summer Olympic Games (Tuesday), NBC, 33.4 million; Summer Olympic Games (Thursday), NBC, 31.2 million; Summer Olympic Games (Monday), NBC, 28.9 million; Summer Olympic Games (Sunday), NBC, 26.8 million; Summer Olympic Games (Wednesday), NBC, 26.5 million; Summer Olympic Games (Saturday), NBC, 25.5 million; Summer Olympic Games (Friday), NBC, 24.0 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.0 million; "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 5.9 million; "NCIS," CBS, 5.8 million.

___

ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox and Fox News Channel are owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.

___

Online:

http://www.nielsen.com

Must Read

Court rejects Cosby's attempt to reseal testimony...

Aug 15, 2016

A federal appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby's effort to reseal his deposition testimony about...

'Wire' actor Wendell Pierce loses Baton Rouge home

Aug 16, 2016

"The Wire" and "Treme" actor Wendell Pierce's home was destroyed by flooding in Baton Rouge,...

DeGeneres defends herself after posting photo...

Aug 17, 2016

Ellen DeGeneres says she's not racist after receiving backlash on social media for posting an...

Amy Schumer opens book tour for essay collection

Aug 17, 2016

Actress and comedian Amy Schumer has launched the book tour for her collection of very personal...

New Pennsylvania AG was prosecutor who didn't...

Aug 17, 2016

The former county prosecutor taking over the duties of Pennsylvania's convicted attorney general is...

Sign up now!

About Us

In The Headline sought to bring professionalism back into journalism, bringing you only the most exclusive and the most impactive news from all over the globe.

Contact us: sales[at]intheheadline.com