Olympics Hold Off ABC, 'Grey's'


Fast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006

"Grey's Anatomy" out-rated its lead-in, "Desperate Housewives," for the first time on Sunday, but NBC's Olympics coverage was able to slide past ABC for an overall ratings win.

NBC scored a 13.2 rating/20 share in primetime, beating out ABC's 11.3/17. CBS took third with a 6.0/9. FOX, 3.4/5, came in fourth, and The WB trailed with a 1.7/3.

ABC managed to grab a victory among adults 18-49 with a 7.7 rating. NBC was right behind at 7.2. FOX was third at 2.6, followed by CBS, 2.0, and The WB, 1.1.The first hour of prime-time Olympics coverage delivered an 11.6/18 for NBC at 7 p.m. CBS' "60 Minutes," 7.6/12, was second. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was third for ABC at 6.2/10. "Malcolm in the Middle" and a "King of the Hill" rerun averaged 2.5/4 for FOX. The WB aired an hour of "Reba."

The Olympics improved to 14.0/20 at 8 p.m. with coverage of snowboarding, short-track speedskating and the men's downhill. ABC jumped up to second with another hour of "EM: Home Edition," 9.2/13. A "Cold Case" rerun was third for CBS at 6.5/9. Repeats of "The Simpsons" and "The War at Home" kept FOX in fourth. "Charmed" averaged 2.1/3 for The WB.

NBC peaked at 9 p.m. with a 14.7/21, beating ABC's "Desperate Housewives," 14.5/20 (although ABC had the lead among younger viewers). CBS aired the movie "The Sum of All Fears." FOX went with reruns of "Family Guy," 4.0/6, and "American Dad," 3.5/5, and The WB was fifth with a "Charmed" repeat.

At 10 p.m., "Grey's Anatomy" conlcuded its post-Super Bowl cliffhanger with a 15.4/24, topping an original "Housewives" for the first time ever. The Olympics scored a 12.4/19 for the hour, while CBS' movie came in at 4.7/7.

Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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