Date: 28th September 2000

Who Wants To Watch The Olympics?

After pulling in stellar ratings for its Olympics coverage on Monday, NBC saw them slump by more than a third on Tuesday.

Averaging a 14.9 rating and a 24 share, the worst numbers for any Olympics night since 1968, the ratings seemed certain to fall well short of NBC's guarantee of a 16.1 average to advertisers.

ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which, while not outscoring the Olympics certainly gave them a run for the money, drew a 10.8/16.

Taking into account only the 8:00-11:00 period, NBC was in first place for the night with an average of 16.0/25.

ABC was in second place with a 7.9/12, The WB, thanks to strong numbers for the season premier of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, was third with a 5.7/8, while CBS followed with a 5.0/8.

Fox trailed in fifth place with a 4.7/7.

Source: Studio Briefing



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