TV ratings: No contest as Olympics dominate Friday

apolo-ohno-olympics-320.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, Feb. 26, 2010

The Winter Olympics drew an audience bigger than the combined total of the other four networks Friday, winning the night by a whopping 19 million viewers. The competition was light, to be sure, but the margin of victory was still pretty incredible.

NBC scored 23.5 million viewers and a 13.4 rating/23 share in primetime. Among those battling for scraps, CBS (4.6 million, 3.1/5) had the best numbers, while ABC (3.5 million, 2.3/4) came in third. FOX averaged 2.9 million viewers and a 1.9/3, while The CW (2.1 million, 1.2/2) trailed.

In the adults 18-49 demo, NBC's 6.1 rating was far and away the night's best. CBS took second with a 1.2, followed by ABC, 1.1; The CW, 0.9; and FOX, 0.8.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

Winter Olympics (19.6 million viewers, 11.3/19 households)
CBS: "Ghost Whisperer" rerun (5.1 million, 3.4/6)
ABC: Movie - "Blades of Glory" (3.5 million, 2.2/4)
FOX: Special - 41st annual NAACP Image Awards (2.7 million, 1.8/3)
The CW: "Smallville" (2.5 million, 1.5/3)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (4.5)

9 p.m.

Winter Olympics (26.1 million, 14.6/24)
CBS: "Medium" rerun (4.1 million, 2.8/5)
FOX: NAACP Image Awards (3.03 million, 2.0/3)
ABC: "Blades of Glory" (3.02 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "Smallville" rerun (1.6 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (6.7)

10 p.m.

Winter Olympics (24.75 million, 14.2/24)
CBS: "Numb3rs" rerun (4.7 million, 3.1/5)
ABC: "20/20" (4 million, 2.8/5)

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.

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Photo credit: NBC