NEW YORK - NBC routed network rivals with its first full week of Winter Olympics competition. But the Torino Games took a back seat to several customary hits in the weekly Nielsen rankings.
Fox's "American Idol" held its grip on the top two slots, with Wednesday's edition the week's top-rated show and Tuesday's broadcast No. 2.
In third place, the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" was healthy as ever, and its Sunday night lead-in, "Desperate Housewives," was anything but desperate in fourth.
Fifth, sixth and seventh place was claimed by Olympics coverage - airing on Monday, Saturday and Thursday, respectively.
ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was next, followed by the Olympics' Sunday telecast, with Fox's doctor drama "House" rounding out the Top 10.
Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday Olympics broadcasts took 11th, 13th and 15th place, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Overall, NBC won the week in prime time, averaging 19.4 million viewers (11.7 rating, 18 share), while ABC had 11.4 million (7.3 rating, 11 share) and Fox 10.4 million (6.3 rating, 10 share). CBS, the season-to-date champion, fell to fourth place for the week with 10.2 million viewers (6.7 rating, 10 share).
Univision had 4.1 million (2.1 rating, 3 share), the WB 3.7 million (2.4 rating, 4 share), UPN 2.6 million (1.7 rating, 3 share), Telemundo 1.1 million (.7 rating, 1 share), and Pax TV 440,000 (0.3 rating, 0 share).
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NBC's "Nightly News" won the evening news derby, averaging 10.2 million viewers (7.0 rating, 13 share), while ABC's "World News Tonight" had 9 million (6.3 rating, 12 share), and the "CBS Evening News" 8.1 million (5.6 rating, 11 share).
A ratings point represents 1,102,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 110.2 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.
For the week of Feb. 13-19, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 28.78 million; "American Idol" (Tuesday), Fox, 26.96 million; "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 24.36 million; "Desperate Housewives," ABC, 23.41 million; Winter Olympics (Monday), NBC, 21.07 million; Winter Olympics (Saturday), NBC, 19.67 million; Winter Olympics (Thursday), NBC, 19.38 million; "Dancing with the Stars," ABC, 19.26; Winter Olympics (Sunday), NBC, 19.24 million; "House," Fox, 19.20 million.