All original broadcast shows felt the cold wind of the Olympics on Monday as NBC won the night again with skiing and speed skating.
The Sochi Winter Olympics drew an average of 22.2 million viewers, down about 13% from the comparable night for the 2010 Vancouver Games, according to early numbers from Nielsen. In the key 18-49 demographic, the sports telecast garnered a 6.4 rating, easily topping ABC, CBS and Fox.
A point in 18-49 equals a little less than 1.3 million viewers.
ABC came in second place with “The Bachelor,” which dropped 12% from last week to a 2.3 rating among 18- to 49-year-olds, though it was still the top-rated nonsports show. About 7.78 million viewers tuned in overall.
The network followed “The Bachelor” with a rerun of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which featured the cast of the Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox movie “The Monuments Men.” Kimmel heavily razzed star Matt Damon in the episode, which brought in 3.3 million viewers with its Monday encore.
On Fox, “Almost Human” and “The Following” both slid week-to-week against the Olympics. “Almost Human” fell 21% to a 1.5 in 18-49, followed by the Kevin Bacon thriller series, which drew a 1.7, down 11% from last week.
CW’s “Hart of Dixie” and “Beauty & The Beat” also fell week-to-week in the demo, while CBS showed only reruns.