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1st Week of Olympics Propels NBC To Nielsen Victory
From left to right, United States' Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel wave to the audience during the medal ceremony for the women's 4 x 100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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You don’t need to be a numbers-cruncher to guess what won the ratings race last week - and why.

With blanket coverage of the Rio Games, NBC had the ratings game all to itself in prime time, scoring the top seven slots (Tuesday, Thursday, Monday, Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday and Friday) by a mile while crushing its network rivals.

The network led with an average of 28.2 million viewers, trailed waaayyyyyy back by CBS with 3.6 million and ABC with 2.7 million, according to Nielsen figures. Spanish-language networks Univision (with 1.6 million) and Telemundo (1.4 million) both topped Fox, which barely had a pulse with 1.2 million. ION Television drew 1.1 million, followed by CW with 900,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, the Olympics-coverage setting gave NBC a nice bump in the evening-news race, which is usually neck-and-neck between NBC and ABC. NBC’s “Nightly News” was decisively on top with 10.4 million viewers, followed by ABC’s “World News Tonight” with 7.9 million. The “CBS Evening News” had 6.2 million.

NBC was crowing Tuesday that this, its seventh straight week at No. 1 in viewership, equals the network’s longest winning streak in 19 years.

Among cable networks in prime time last week, Fox News Channel took the lead with 1.8 million viewers, followed by Disney Channel with 1.5 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 8-14. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. Summer Olympic Games (Tuesday), NBC, 33.4 million.

2. Summer Olympic Games (Thursday), NBC, 31.2 million.

3. Summer Olympic Games (Monday), NBC, 28.9 million.

4. Summer Olympic Games (Sunday), NBC, 26.8 million.

5. Summer Olympic Games (Wednesday), NBC, 26.5 million.

6. Summer Olympic Games (Saturday), NBC, 25.5 million.

7. Summer Olympic Games (Friday), NBC, 24.0 million.

8. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.0 million.

9. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.9 million.

10. “NCIS,” CBS, 5.8 million.

11. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 5.6 million.

12. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 5.18 million.

13. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.16 million.

14. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 5.05 million.

15. “Bachelor in Paradise” (Monday), ABC, 4.5 million.

16. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 4.1 million.

17. “The $100,000 Pyramid,” ABC, 4.0 million.

18. “Bachelor in Paradise” (Tuesday), ABC, 3.9 million.

19. “Mom,” CBS, 3.7 million.

20. “Zoo,” CBS, 3.6 million.