2014 winter olympics feb 6 ratings TV ratings: Winter Olympics give NBC a win, 'Big Bang Theory' holds up well ThursdayFast National ratings for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

The opening night of NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage scored ratings well below the first day of competition in the 2010 games. But the coverage of preliminary events a day before the opening ceremony still led the Peacock to an easy win for the night.

“The Big Bang Theory” and “American Idol” each held fairly steady opposite the Olympics, and CBS’ “The Millers” actually improved a little in adults 18-49. Pretty much everything else was off a little bit, though.

NBC delivered 19.6 million viewers and an 11.1 rating/17 share in households in primetime, easily beating CBS’ 10.4 million and 6.5/10. FOX (7.9 million, 4.6/7) came in third. ABC (3.2 million, 2.1/3) finished a fairly distant fourth, and The CW (1.9 million, 1.3/2) trailed.

NBC’s 5.8 rating among adults 18-49 nearly beat the combined total of the other networks. CBS was the best of the rest at 2.5, followed by FOX at 2.1. ABC drew a 1.0 in the demographic and The CW a 0.8.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC: Winter Olympics (19 million viewers, 10.8/17 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (17.2 million, 10.5/16)/”The Millers” (10.9 million, 6.6/10)
FOX: “American Idol” (10.9 million, 6.5/10)
ABC: “The Taste” (3.2 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.1 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (5.6)

9 p.m.

NBC: Winter Olympics (21.4 million, 12.0/18)
CBS: “The Crazy Ones” (7.55 million, 4.7/7)/”Two and a Half Men” (8.1 million, 5.1/8)
FOX: “Rake” (4.3 million, 2.8/4)
ABC: “The Taste” (3.2 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: “Reign” (1.7 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (6.3)

10 p.m.

NBC: Winter Olympics (18.3 million, 10.5/17)
CBS: “Elementary” (9.3 million, 5.9/10)
ABC: “Shark Tank” rerun (3.3 million, 2.2/4)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (5.6)

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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Posted by:Rick Porter