TV ratings: Olympics, 'Marriage Ref' rule Sunday

tom-papa-marriage-ref-320.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010

The close of the Winter Olympics gave NBC another ratings win, as well as a good platform to launch its new show "The Marriage Ref."

The Peacock scored 19.8 million viewers and an 11.3 rating/18 share in households in primetime Sunday, easily beating the 11.45 million viewers and 6.8/11 for second-place CBS. ABC (8.35 million, 5.1/8) came in third, and FOX (4.4 million, 2.6/4) trailed.

NBC's 5.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic also led the night by a sizable margin. CBS, 3.1, took second, followed by ABC, 2.6, and FOX, 2.0.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (18 million viewers, 10.2/17 households)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (10.7 million, 6.7/11)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7.9 million, 4.4/7)
FOX: "'Til Death" - two episodes (2.8 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (4.8)

8 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (23.3 million, 13.0/20)
CBS: "The Amazing Race" (10.2 million, 5.8/9)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" rerun (6.7 million, 4.0/6)
FOX: "The Simpsons" rerun (5.4 million, 3.0/5)/"The Cleveland Show" rerun (5.1 million, 3.0/4)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (6.0)

9 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (20.75 million, 11.7/18)
CBS: "Undercover Boss" (15.1 million, 8.7/13)
ABC: "Desperate Housewives" (10.8 million, 6.7/10)
FOX: "Family Guy" rerun (5.8 million, 3.5/5)/"American Dad" rerun (4.7 million, 2.9/4)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (5.2)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (19.4 million, 11.3/18)/"The Marriage Ref" (14.5 million, 8.7/15)
CBS: "Cold Case" (9.8 million, 6.1/10)
ABC: "Brothers & Sisters" (8 million, 5.3/9)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (5.3)

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


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