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Ratings: Olympics wrap up run likely to total second-most-watched ever

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The Olympics closed Sunday night with 20.5 million average viewers in prime time on NBC, according to early Nielsen estimates, wrapping up a run that’s expected to total more than 187 million total viewers for the Vancouver Games — which would make it the second-most-watched Olympics ever, after the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan scandal-fueled Lillehammer Games in 2004. Sunday’s widely watched closing ceremonies also boosted their lead-out, the premiere of new reality show The Marriage Ref to a solid 14.5 million viewers in prime time. Saturday night’s Olympic viewership scored another 19.7 million viewers for NBC and 23.5 million on Friday — on both nights, significantly more viewers than all the other broadcast networks combined.

Here, a look at Sunday night’s lineup:

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. 2010 Winter Olympics (NBC)

60 Minutes (CBS)

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

‘Til Death (Fox)

20.5

10.7

7.9

2.5

7:30 p.m. ‘Til Death (Fox) 3.1
8 p.m. The Amazing Race XVI (CBS)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

The Simpsons (Fox)

10.2

6.7 (repeat)

5.4 (repeat)

8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (Fox) 5.1 (repeat)
9 p.m. Undercover Boss (CBS)

Desperate Housewives (ABC)

Family Guy (Fox)

15.1

10.8

5.8 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. American Dad (Fox) 4.7 (repeat)
10 p.m. Cold Case (CBS)

Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

9.8

8.0

10:30 p.m. The Marriage Ref (NBC) 14.5

Source: Nielsen