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NBC Wins Week in Adults 18 to 49, Total Viewers

Feb 22, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Telecasts of the Winter Olympics gave NBC the gold medal in adults 18 to 49 and in total viewers for the week ended Feb. 19, but the top-rated show in both demos was still Fox’s “American Idol.”

The Wednesday edition of “Idol” was the highest-rated program in adults 18 to 49 with an 11.9 rating, a number that includes live-plus-same-day DVR viewing, according to Nielsen Media Research. The second-highest program in the demo was “Idol” Tuesday with an 11.4, followed by ABC’s Sunday night medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” (10.7), “Grey’s” lead-in “Desperate Housewives” (9.8), Wednesday’s “Lost” (7.8) and Fox’s Tuesday night “Idol” lead-out, medical drama “House” (7.7). NBC’s highest-rated night of Olympics coverage came Monday with a 6.6 in the demo, ranking seventh for the week.

In total viewers, “Idol” Wednesday was tops for the week with 28.8 million, followed by Tuesday’s “Idol” (27.0 million), “Grey’s” (24.4 million), “Housewives” (23.4 million) and NBC’s Monday night Olympics coverage (21.1 million).

NBC was the top-rated network for the week in adults 18 to 49 with a 5.9, followed by Fox (4.4), ABC (4.3), CBS (3.1), The WB (1.6) and UPN (1.0).

In total viewers NBC was also the top-rated network with 19.4 million, followed by distant second ABC (11.4 million), Fox (10.4 million), CBS (10.2 million), The WB (3.7 million) and UPN (2.6 million).