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February 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If a week had ten days, all top-ten-rated TV shows last week would have belonged to NBC for its Winter Olympics coverage. As it was, only the top seven shows did. Heading the Nielsen list was Tuesday’s telecast from Sochi with an average of 23.7 million viewers. By contrast, the highest-rated non-Olympics telecast last week was a repeat of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory with 11.8 million viewers. Fox’s Wednesday edition of American Idol with 11.7 million viewers and CBS’s repeat of an NCIS episode that attracted 9.7 million rounded out the top ten. Among the nightly news broadcasts, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams drew its biggest audience of the season with 11.6 million viewers. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer also finished strongly, however, with 8.8 million viewers, while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley continued to improve with 8 million viewers. For the week overall, NBC was way out in front of its rivals with a 12.2 average household rating and a 20 share. CBS was a distant second with a 3.4 rating and a 6 share. Fox placed third with a 2.6/6, just ahead of ABC with a 2.4/4.