9:53am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Olympic Trials Surge on NBC, ABC Game Block Climbs
NBC must be getting anxious for the Olympics. The biennial ratings draw of the Games, just around the corner, previewed some especially strong numbers on Sunday night.
After a solid showing from track-and-field at the top of the night, the U.S. women's gymnastics Olympic Trials surged to a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.3 million viewers. That easily puts it as the biggest trials coverage thus far and helped NBC win the night — despite a strong rebound for ABC's game-show block.
All three ABC series were up from last week's Independence Day dips. Celebrity Family Feud rose the most, matching an also-boosted $100,000 Pyramid with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, while Match Game, with a 1.2 rating in the key demo at 10 p.m., was up nominally.
The rest of the broadcast networks aired repeats.