Wednesday, February 22, 2006

NBC rules - trounces reruns

AP’s television writer Frazier Moore left out one tiny detail in NBC Wins Ratings With Its Olympics. The preponderance of the primetime shows NBC’s Olympic coverage beat were all reruns. It wasn't so much that NBC won as the others decided not to compete. That decision will likely be revisited in four years. Why? Because the shows that did go head-to-head with first-run fare shellacked NBC.
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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…


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