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Tuesday Overnights: The Winter Olympics on NBC Down but Still Very Dominant

ABC's Original Combination of 'The Bachelor Winter Games' and 'Kevin (Probably) Saves the World' Falls Flat

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  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018

    Household Rating/Share
    NBC: 11.5/18, CBS: 4.0/ 7, ABC: 1.9/ 3, Fox: 1.4/ 2, CW: 0.7/ 1

    Note: The year-to-year overnight comparisons will not be included during the Winter Olympic weeks. Household overnight results for The Winter Olympics do not include the West Coast encore on NBC or any additional viewing on NBCSN or via streaming. 

    -Ratings Breakdown:
    It was another night of 2018 Winter Olympics dominance on NBC, of course. This final Tuesday of coverage averaged an approximate 11.5 rating/18 share in households in primetime, peaking in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour with a 13.4/21. One week earlier, the Tuesday Winter Olympics coverage averaged a 13.2/21 in primetime.

    On ABC, two more hours of “The Bachelor Winter Games” remained a bust, at a mere 2.3/ 4 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. And that led into a series-low 1.2/ 2 for freshman “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” at 10 p.m.

    Elsewhere, CBS, Fox and The CW featured all repeats.

    What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, February 21 by half-hour:

    8:00 p.m.
    ABC – “The Bachelor Winter Games”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS” (R): 4.8/ 8 (#2)
    NBC – The 2018 Winter Olympics”: 9.5/16 (#1)
    Fox – “Lethal Weapon” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
    CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

    8:30 p.m.
    ABC – “The Bachelor Winter Games”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS” (R): 4.8/ 8 (#2)
    NBC – The 2018 Winter Olympics”: 10.7/18 (#1)
    Fox – “Lethal Weapon” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
    CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

    9:00 p.m.
    ABC – “The Bachelor Winter Games”: 2.1/ 3 (#3)
    CBS – “Bull” (R): 3.8/ 6 (#2)
    NBC – The 2018 Winter Olympics”: 13.3/21 (#1)
    Fox – “LA to Vegas” (R): 1.2/ 2 (#4)
    CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

    9:30 p.m.
    ABC – “The Bachelor Winter Games”: 2.1/ 3 (#3)
    CBS – “Bull” (R): 3.7/ 6 (#2)
    NBC – The 2018 Winter Olympics”: 13.4/21 (#1)
    Fox – “The Mick” (R): 1.0/ 2 (#4)
    CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.7/ 1: (#5)

    10:00 p.m.
    ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.3/ 2 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS: Orleans” (R): 3.7/ 6 (#2)
    NBC – The 2018 Winter Olympics”: 11.6/19 (#1)

    10:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.1/ 2 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS: Orleans” (R): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
    NBC – The 2018 Winter Olympics”: 10.3/18 (#1)

    Source: Nielsen Media Research

    Written by Marc Berman

    Marc Berman

    Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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    1. FROM NBC

      OVERNIGHT RATINGS NOTES – 2nd Tuesday in PyeongChang

      · NBC/NBCSN Tuesday night Winter Olympics coverage delivered a 13.9/23 overnight (not including digital) – up 16% from the 2nd Tuesday night in Sochi (12.0/19 on NBC)

      · The 13.9 (not including digital) for Tuesday primetime NBC/NBCSN Winter Olympics is 90% higher than the combined primetime total of ABC, CBS & FOX (7.3)

      · Last night’s primetime NBC/NBCSN coverage peaked with a 16.0/26 overnight from 9:15-9:30pm ET, featuring women’s alpine skiing on NBC & women’s short program on NBCSN

      · Live streaming not included in Winter Olympics overnights. West Coast encore included in metrics.

      · Top markets for Tuesday live primetime Winter Olympics on NBC/NBCSN: Denver 21.5/37; Minneapolis 21.1/37; Salt Lake City 20.9/38; Kansas City 20.1/30; Buffalo 18.6/29

      · Top markets (#6-10) for last night’s Winter Olympics on NBC/NBCSN: Sacramento 18.5/32; Austin 18.0/30; San Diego 17.8/32; Milwaukee 17.2/28; Portland 17.1/29