Olympics Ratings

Ratings: Olympics Leap 16 Percent, Improve on London Night 4

NBC’s Tuesday-night coverage of the Olympics summer games in Rio drew 33.4 million total viewers and a 10.0 demo rating (per finals), rising 16 percent from the previous night and improving on Day 4 coverage of the 2012 London games (which did 30.2 mil and a 9.6).

Opposite that, CBS’ newly renewed Zoo (3.6 mil/0.6) slipped 19 and 25 percent to series lows.

Over on ABC, Bachelor in Paradise (3.9 mil/1.1) was down 15 and 22 percent; After Paradise retained 2.4 mil/0.5… The CW’s MADtv (600K/0.3) was flat.


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  1. kate says:

    Well, kind of obviously? I mean, NBC made no bones about knowing it had its biggest draw of the women’s gymnastics and two Michael Phelps’ races (they annoyed me by instead of returning to gymnastics, which most people knew the results of by then, and instead watched a bunch of prelim swim meets that Dan and Roddy barely cared about and you could hear them poring through files to figure out who was even in this race, but they could have finished gymnastics, gone back to swimming, and then you could have both seen the medal ceremony alone with the girls and then you could have them see it themselves too and have the interview with them). As we crossed into a full hour of non final races, I started thinking, I really hope I can avoid any discussion of the Animal Kingdom finale and I’m the only person I know who watches Zoo (but I wasn’t worried there as they are just mid season) and also avoid any discussion about Scream.

    • Katherine215 says:

      I love swimming, but I think they’ve shown way too many semi-final races in prime time. There was supposed to be diving last night but we never even saw it.

  2. Malcolm Mao says:

    Well, kids, let me tell you about this wonderful invention called the DVR… start watching 2 hours later, fast forward thought he commercials and annoying semifinals, and you will get about 1.5 hour of good Olympics out of that 4 hour block. No, no need to thank me…..

    • Malcolm Mao says:

      Ahem, since I can’t fix my post, that should have been “through the” and “1.5 hours”…. auto correct only works when it’s messing up your text, never when it really needs to be corrected. Have you noticed? Anyway, back to my DVR … ;-)