Delayed Viewing Ratings: Reality Shows Stay on Top During Winter Olympics

Reality shows topped the delayed viewing charts again thanks to the Olympics during Week 22 of the 2017-2018 broadcast season, which began on Feb. 19.

New installments of “The Bachelor,” “Amazing Race,” and “Big Brother” all saw gains of 0.6 in the Nielsen Live+7 adults 18-49 rankings for the week. Once again, most scripted broadcast shows took the week off thanks to NBC’s Olympics coverage in primetime.

In total viewers, “Amazing Race” was the top gainer with 2.26 million, growing by 52% to 6.6 million. “The Bachelor” was right behind with 1.49 million viewers gained, growing by 24% to 4.6 million for the week.

Read the full top 25 lists of the Live+7 ratings below.

Top 25 Broadcast Series Live+7 Adults 18-49

Series Network Air Date Live+SD
Adults 18-49
Live+7
Adults 18-49
+7 Actual Gain +7 Percent Gain
THE BACHELOR: WOMEN TELL ALL ABC 02/25/2018 1.1 1.7 +0.6 +55%
THE BACHELOR ABC 02/19/2018 1.7 2.3 +0.6 +35%
AMAZING RACE CBS 02/21/2018 0.9 1.5 +0.6 +67%
BIG BROTHER-FRIDAY CBS 02/23/2018 1.1 1.7 +0.6 +55%
BIG BROTHER-SATURDAY CBS 02/24/2018 0.9 1.4 +0.5 +56%
BIG BROTHER-MONDAY CBS 02/19/2018 1.3 1.8 +0.5 +38%
BIG BROTHER-WEDNESDAY CBS 02/21/2018 1.4 1.9 +0.5 +36%
BACHELOR WINTER GAMES: WORLD TELLS ALL ABC 02/22/2018 0.6 1.0 +0.4 +67%
SHARK TANK-SUNDAY, 10PM ABC 02/25/2018 0.8 1.2 +0.4 +50%
BIG BROTHER-SUNDAY CBS 02/25/2018 1.4 1.8 +0.4 +29%
LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW 02/19/2018 0.4 0.8 +0.4 +100%
A.P. BIO NBC 02/25/2018 1.4 1.8 +0.4 +29%
KEVIN PROBABLY SAVES THE WORLD ABC 02/20/2018 0.4 0.7 +0.3 +75%
BACHELOR:WINTER GAMES THURSDAY ABC 02/22/2018 0.8 1.1 +0.3 +38%
BACHELOR:WINTER GAMES TUESDAY ABC 02/20/2018 0.9 1.2 +0.3 +33%
MATCH GAME ABC 02/21/2018 0.4 0.6 +0.2 +50%
20/20-FRIDAY ABC 02/23/2018 0.6 0.8 +0.2 +33%
60 MINUTES CBS 02/25/2018 0.8 0.9 +0.1 +13%
UFC FIGHT NIGHT FOX 02/24/2018 0.6 0.7 +0.1 +17%
WINTER OLYMPICS GALA NBC 02/24/2018 2.2 2.3 +0.1 +5%
WINTER OLYMPICS-SATURDAY NBC 02/24/2018 2.2 2.3 +0.1 +5%
WINTER OLYMPICS FRIDAY NBC 02/23/2018 2.9 3.0 +0.1 +3%
WINTER OLYMPICS CLOSING CEREMONY NBC 02/25/2018 3.0 3.1 +0.1 +3%
WINTER OLYMPICS WEDNESDAY NBC 02/21/2018 3.3 3.4 +0.1 +3%
WINTER OLYMPICS THURSDAY NBC 02/22/2018 3.5 3.6 +0.1 +3%

Top 25 Broadcast Series Live+7 Total Viewers

SERIES NETWORK AIR DATE Live+SD Total Viewers (in million) Live+7 Total Viewers (in million) +7 Actual Gain +7 Percent Gain
AMAZING RACE CBS 02/21/2018 4346 6605 +2259 +52%
THE BACHELOR ABC 02/19/2018 6285 7773 +1488 +24%
SHARK TANK-SUNDAY, 10PM ABC 02/25/2018 3155 4620 +1465 +46%
THE BACHELOR: WOMEN TELL ALL ABC 02/25/2018 4271 5730 +1459 +34%
BIG BROTHER-FRIDAY CBS 02/23/2018 4648 6101 +1453 +31%
KEVIN PROBABLY SAVES THE WORLD ABC 02/20/2018 1553 2994 +1441 +93%
BIG BROTHER-MONDAY CBS 02/19/2018 5114 6420 +1306 +26%
BIG BROTHER-SATURDAY CBS 02/24/2018 3463 4765 +1302 +38%
BIG BROTHER-WEDNESDAY CBS 02/21/2018 5541 6832 +1291 +23%
BIG BROTHER-SUNDAY CBS 02/25/2018 5217 6301 +1084 +21%
A.P. BIO NBC 02/25/2018 5890 6848 +958 +16%
20/20-FRIDAY ABC 02/23/2018 3333 4260 +927 +28%
BACHELOR WINTER GAMES: WORLD TELLS ALL ABC 02/22/2018 2687 3570 +883 +33%
LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW 02/19/2018 1403 2272 +869 +62%
BACHELOR:WINTER GAMES TUESDAY ABC 02/20/2018 3259 4029 +770 +24%
BACHELOR:WINTER GAMES THURSDAY ABC 02/22/2018 3189 3855 +666 +21%
WINTER OLYMPICS-MONDAY NBC 02/19/2018 16367 17007 +640 +4%
WINTER OLYMPICS-THURSDAY NBC 02/22/2018 15253 15882 +629 +4%
MATCH GAME ABC 02/21/2018 2119 2725 +606 +29%
WINTER OLYMPICS-TUESDAY NBC 02/20/2018 17528 18017 +489 +3%
WINTER OLYMPICS GALA NBC 02/24/2018 10858 11343 +485 +4%
WINTER OLYMPICS CLOSING CEREMONY NBC 02/25/2018 14786 15240 +454 +3%
60 MINUTES CBS 02/25/2018 8330 8749 +419 +5%
WINTER OLYMPICS FRIDAY NBC 02/23/2018 12902 13316 +414 +3%
WINTER OLYMPICS SATURDAY NBC 02/24/2018 11696 12079 +383 +3%

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