The Winter Olympics took the top seven spots in the ratings last week. Monday's primetime coverage did the best, with 23.5 million viewers. Even still, this year's coverage was the lowest-rated ever in the key demo.
NBC also used the Olympics to help launch two new shows over the weekend. On Saturday, "About a Boy" debuted with 8.3 million viewers, and on Sunday "Growing Up Fisher" debuted with 8.9 million viewers. Here are last week's top ten shows:
1. Monday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 23.5 million viewers.
2. Thursday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 20.3 million viewers.
3. Wednesday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 20.2 million viewers.
4. Tuesday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 18.9 million viewers.
5. Olympics "Closing Ceremony", NBC, 15.1 million viewers.
6. Friday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 14.9 million viewers
7. Saturday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 13.2 million viewers
8. "The Walking Dead", AMC, 13.1 million viewers
9. "Sochi Gold", NBC, 12.7 million viewers.
10. A "Big Bang Theory" repeat, CBS, 10.2 million viewers.
Meanwhile, "American Idol" averaged 9.7 million viewers across three nights. And the fourth season finale of "Downton Abbey" scored 8.5 million viewers, the most for any PBS series ever.
(You'll find the Top 25 shows on cable and broadcast TV at Zap2It.com.)