Friday Ratings: Olympics Audience Drops Back Down, SmackDown Dips

Winter Olympics 2022

In the latest TV ratings, NBC’s primetime broadcast coverage of the Winter Olympics on Friday night averaged 6.34 million total viewers, down 15 percent from Thursday to mark the Beijing games’ second-smallest audience thus far (besting only Feb. 16).

Over on ABC, the Jeopardy! National College Championship drew 4.5 mil and a 0.4, ticking down ahead of Tuesday’s upcoming finale.

CBS’ Celebrity Big Brother (2.5 mil/0.5) was up a tenth week-to-week.

Fox’s Friday Night SmackDown (2.1 mil/0.5) dipped.

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The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Warning: Contents may be hot!

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