[02/17/18 - 02:06 PM]
NBCSN Delivers Its Most-Watched Week in Primetime
NBC further spins the numbers for Friday, February 16.

[via press release from NBC]


NBCSN is Most-Watched Cable Network in Primetime since Beginning Live Winter Games Coverage Last Saturday

Winter Games Primetime Coverage on NBCSN Highlighted by Live Figure Skating, Slopestyle & Team USA Women's Hockey

STAMFORD, Conn. - February 17, 2018 - On the strength of its first-ever live nightly Winter Olympics coverage, NBCSN last night completed the most-watched, seven-day primetime stretch in the network's history with an average of 2.4 million viewers, according to live plus same day fast national data released today by Nielsen. In addition, NBCSN is the most-watched cable network in primetime from last Saturday, Feb. 10 through Thursday, Feb. 15 (latest data available).

Since last Saturday, Feb. 10, NBCSN's primetime coverage has featured live figure skating, snowboard slopestyle, and Team USA women's hockey, as well as cross country skiing, ski jumping, curling, biathlon, and luge.

Friday's NBC Olympics' primetime coverage delivered a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) average of 19.2 million viewers, according to live plus same day fast national data released today by Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

The NBC/NBCSN average last night of 18.9 million viewers dominated the TV competition more than doubling the combined 8.1 million primetime viewers for ABC, CBS and FOX. NBC Sports Digital delivered an average minute audience of 213,000 for Friday night's coverage.


Last night's Total Audience Delivery provided an increase of 16% over the NBC broadcast viewership (TAD chart below) - marking the seventh consecutive night of double-digit TAD lift. NBC Olympics' Total Audience Delivery measures broader consumption by calculating average minute viewing across broadcast, cable, and digital.

Last night's NBC/NBCSN viewership peaked at 21.9 million viewers from 10-10:15 p.m. ET, highlighted by women's alpine skiing on NBC and men's free skate figure skating on NBCSN.

NBC's PyeongChang Olympics full primetime broadcast last night (8-11:23 p.m. ET) averaged 16.6 million viewers and posted a 9.4/18 household rating. Viewership includes the West Coast primetime encore.

Date Total Audience Delivery NBC-only viewership TAD Lift
Thur. 2/8 17.2 million 16.0 million 8%
Fri. 2/9* 28.3 million 27.8 million 2%
Sat. 2/10 24.2 million 21.4 million 13%
Sun. 2/11 26.0 million 22.7 million 15%
Mon. 2/12 22.3 million 20.3 million 10%
Tues. 2/13 22.6 million 20.5 million 10%
Wed. 2/14 19.2 million 17.0 million 13%
Thurs. 2/15 19.3 million 16.2 million 19%
Fri. 2/16 19.2 million 16.6 million 16%
Average 22.2 million 19.9 million 12%

*Opening Ceremony (no competition & no NBCSN side-by-side coverage)


PYC 2018 Sochi 2014** PYC 2018 Sochi 2014**
Day Viewership Viewership HH Rating HH Rating
Opening Thurs. 17.2 million 20.0 million 9.7 rating 11.3 rating
First Fri.* 28.3 million 31.7 million 14.9 rating 17.0 rating
First Sat. 24.2 million 25.1 million 13.1 rating 13.9 rating
First Sun. 26.0 million 26.3 million 14.2 rating 14.4 rating
First Mon. 22.3 million 22.4 million 12.7 rating 12.8 rating
First Tues. 22.6 million 23.7 million 13.0 rating 13.7 rating
First Wed. 19.2 million 20.8 million 11.2 rating 12.1 rating
Mid. Thurs. 19.3 million 22.9 million 11.4 rating 13.4 rating
Mid. Fri. 19.2 million 19.2 million 10.9 rating 11.0 rating
Average 22.2 million 23.7 million 12.4 rating 13.4 rating

*Opening Ceremony (no competition & no NBCSN side-by-side coverage)

**NOTE: The 2014 Sochi Olympics had no simultaneous live streaming and no competing primetime Olympic cable coverage. Both of those platforms are included in Total Audience Delivery for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

1. Salt Lake City 21.1/40
2. Denver 19.6/38
T3. Milwaukee 17.6/30
T3. Austin 17.6/33
T5. West Palm Beach 16.5/27
T5. Minneapolis 16.5/32
7. San Diego 16.3/33
8. Seattle 16.1/31
T9. Sacramento 16.0/31
T9. Fort Myers 16.0/27

Local metered market data represents NBC/NBCSN in primetime and includes the NBC West Coast encore and excludes sustainers.


A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal's Olympic Games coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through 2032.


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