Olympics dominate TV's weekly ratings

Thursday August 9, 2012

NEW YORK -- Here’s a TV trivia question: What was the most-watched prime-time program last week that had nothing to do with the Olympics?

The answer: A repeat of the CBS drama "NCIS."

Olympics coverage thoroughly dominated television last week, as expected. Its ratings were better than NBC expected and turned what was anticipated to be a money-losing event into one that will break even or perhaps finish in the black.

"NCIS" was seen by under 7 million viewers last week.

About the only network not adversely affected by NBC’s Olympics coverage was Univision. Fans stuck with their Spanish-language telenovelas, and five editions of "Que No Podia Amar" finished among Nielsen’s top 20 shows last week.

NBC’s prime-time viewership average for the week was 32.2 million, all of it Olympics. CBS averaged 4.2 million viewers, ABC had 2.8 million, Fox had 2.2 million.

Nielsen’s top programs for July 30-Aug. 5:

1. Summer Olympics (Tuesday) (NBC), 38.7 million.

2. Summer Olympics (Thursday) (NBC), 36.8.

3. Summer Olympics (Monday) (NBC), 31.5.

4. Summer Olympics (Sunday) (NBC), 31.2.

5. Summer Olympics (Wednesday) (NBC), 30.8.

6. Summer Olympics (Friday) (NBC), 28.5.

7. Summer Olympics (Saturday) NBC, 27.9.

8. "NCIS" (CBS), 6.8.

9. "60 Minutes" (CBS), 6.4.

10. "Big Brother 14" (Sunday) (CBS), 5.7.

11. "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS), 5.5.

12. "Big Brother 14" (Thursday) (CBS), 5.46.

13. "Big Brother 14" (Wednesday) (CBS), 5.4.

14. "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS), 5.2.

15. "Que No Podia Amar" (Wednesday) (Univision), 5.13.

16. "Que No Podia Amar" (Monday) (Univision), 5.1.

17. "Que No Podia Amar" (Tuesday) Univision 4.8.

18. "Two and a Half Men" (Thursday) (CBS), 4.78.

19. "Que No Podia Amar" (Thursday) (Univision), 4.75.

20. "Que No Podia Amar" (Friday) Univision, 4.4.


NEW YORK -- Judith Crist, a blunt and popular film critic in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, has died. She was 90.

Her son, Steven Crist, said his mother died Tuesday at her Manhattan home after a long illness.

She was a reviewer for the "Today" show, TV Guide and the New York Herald Tribune.

Crist worked as a reporter and critic for the New York Herald Tribune from 1945-65 and reviewed films for "Today" from 1964-73, the morning news show’s first regular movie critic.

She was known for biting remarks about some of Hollywood’s most popular films, including "The Sound of Music," "Cleopatra" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told."


DALLAS -- Retired hockey star Mike Modano and actress Willa Ford have decided to end their five-year marriage.

Modano spokesman Rob Scichili said Wednesday the couple was divorcing but didn’t have further details. The 42-year-old Modano and Ford married in 2007 in Athens, Texas.

The 31-year-old Ford was on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2006 and now appears in the Starz television drama "Magic City."

Modano is the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history with 561 goals and 1,374 points. He spent 21 years with the Stars in Minnesota and Dallas and retired after one season with the Detroit Red Wings.


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