With Olympics coverage from Athens every night, NBC not surprisingly posted the week's seven most watched broadcasts; Jerry Bruckheimer rounded out the top 10.
Here's a look at the week's large and small:
NBC's Thursday Olympics coverage. Through last Sunday, NBC's prime-time coverage of the Summer Olympics from Athens had averaged 26.2 million viewers -- up 13 percent compared with the same point in the network's prime-time coverage of the Sydney Summer Games in 2000. A big spike came Thursday night, when NBC logged a whopping 31.7 million viewers. That number eclipses every prime-time telecast from Sydney, all but one night from the Barcelona Games 12 years ago and every night of the Seoul Summer Games in 1988, when the typical U.S. home received 25 channels compared with 100 today. What was happening at the Games during NBC's coverage last Thursday? Women's gymnastics, natch -- particularly gymnast Carly Patterson becoming the first U.S. woman to win the all-around since Mary Lou Retton in 1984
"Monk." Opposite the Olympics on Friday, the third-season finale of USA's dramedy series nonetheless copped its biggest wrap-up audience ever -- nearly 6 million viewers -- to become last week's most watched prime-time cable show. "Monk's" second-season finale last March averaged 5.5 million, and the first-season closer in October 2002 scored 4.2 million.
Jerry Bruckheimer. Bruckheimer crime dramas "CSI," "CSI: Miami" and "Without a Trace" were the only non-Olympics telecasts to make the top 10 list last week. All air on CBS.
"Newlyweds." The honeymoon is over for Nick and Jessica, whose third-season finale mustered a puny 2.6 million viewers last Wednesday night. That's serious shrinkage for the MTV reality series, which averaged 3.2 million in the course of its third season and which had wrapped its second season last March with 3.4 million viewers.
The week's 10 most watched prime-time programs, in order, were: NBC's Thursday Olympics coverage, Tuesday Games, Wednesday Games, Monday Games, Sunday Games, Friday Games and Saturday Games, and CBS's "CSI" rerun, "Without a Trace" rerun and "CSI: Miami" rerun.