However, if you go NBC' 18 to NBC'14, last night's Mike Tirico fronted coverage took a small stumble of 4% from that Friday of just over four years ago when a number of potential viewers were clearly out for a romantic or hopefully romantic dinner. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in US television history.
The Saturday coverage was third for the week, averaging 21.394 million, 14.8 percent less than the 25.12 million average in 2014.
"This is an achievement that reflects NBC's strength as a true broadcaster, delivering mega-events like 'Sunday Night Football, ' the Super Bowl and Olympics, along with the some of the highest-rated scripted and unscripted programming on television, such as 'This Is Us, ' 'Will & Grace, ' 'The Voice, ' 'America's Got Talent, ' and the list goes on and on".
Hitting a low in official competition at that point, the first Friday of the Sochi 2014 games went on to score 19.2 million viewers for its NBC-only broadcast - which was basically what the February 14 and February 15 nights of the 2018 Games have achieved on NBC and NBCSN put together.
The events will be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN (all times Eastern).
However, those numbers does not include the combined rating that NBC and NBC Sports had on Sunday night which saw a total of 16.5 in metered market households.
The Monday "Hannity" episode was the week's most-watched cable program, averaging 3.903 million viewers, 40th overall. That kind of live viewership is mostly unheard of today. The network aired repeats throughout prime.
NBC Sports Network will be covering the luge starting at 5 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, along with cross-country. They now have riders entering the final day of runs in first, second and fourth place.
The "CBS Evening News" averaged 7.091 million viewers.
"We're extremely proud of our relationship with NBC Olympics and thrilled to return to South Korea for the production of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, through our OB units, flypacks and creative technical solutions".