In case you haven’t heard, the Winter Olympics are currently airing! And, natch, they’re dominating TV ratings, too! Like the games tend to do, the nightly airings from Vancouver on NBC blew the television competition out of the water last week for the seven days ending Feb. 21, lifting the network to some of its best ratings since it aired its powerful Sunday Night Football franchise last fall. (It’s always sports bringing NBC good ratings these days, right? That, or the Golden Globes.)
The Wednesday airing of the Olympic games, which featured American Shaun White winning a snowboarding gold medal, won gold for the week overall, drawing a stunning 29.4 million viewers. The Saturday airing (26.7 million viewers) and Monday airing (25.2 million viewers) came in silver and bronze, respectively. In fact, all seven of NBC’s primetime airings of the games made the top 10, with only American Idol‘s Tuesday edition (which drew 23.9 million viewers and revealed the first of the Top 24 semi-finalists) managing to interlope and overcome the Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday broadcasts from Vancouver.
Outside of the Olympics, Idol, and CBS’ new Undercover Boss (which showed up at No. 10 with 13.8 million viewers), the rest of the top 20 was rather lackluster, with repeats filling slots or new episodes that went up against the Olympics performing poorly, like ABC’s Desperate Housewives (No. 15, 10.9 million viewers) and Grey’s Anatomy (no. 17, 10.3 million viewers).
The full top 20—complete with viewership totals—is after the jump.
1. Winter Olympics Wednesday | NBC | 29.4 million
2. Winter Olympics Saturday | NBC | 26.7 million
3. Winter Olympics Monday | NBC | 25.2 million
4. Winter Olympics Thursday | NBC | 24.8 million
5. American Idol Tuesday | Fox | 23.9 million
6. Winter Olympics Friday | NBC | 23.3 million
(tie) 6. Winter Olympics Sunday | NBC | 23.3 million
8. Winter Olympics Tuesday | NBC | 20.3 million
9. American Idol Wednesday | Fox | 18.6 million
10. Undercover Boss | CBS | 13.8 million
11. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains | CBS | 12.0 million
12. NCIS (R) | CBS | 11.7 million
13. The Bachelor | ABC | 11.5 million
14. 60 Minutes | CBS | 11.4 million
15. Desperate Housewives | ABC | 10.9 million
16. Two and a Half Men (R) | CBS | 10.6 million
17. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC | 10.3 million
18. The Big Bang Theory (R) | CBS | 10.1 million
19. Lost | ABC | 9.8 million
20. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) | CBS | 9.1 million