8:48am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Olympics Steady With Simone Biles' Final Event
With Rio Olympics breakout Simone Biles competing in her final event on Tuesday, ratings held reasonably steady on NBC.
The network's evening coverage pulled a 16.6 overnight rating among households. Fast Affiliate scores give primetime coverage 23.8 million viewers and a 6.8 rating among adults 18-49 for NBC.
NBC-only coverage of the Summer Games is now at an average 27.5 million viewers and a 15.3 household rating. Live streaming minutes have passed the 2-billion mark.
And while the steady numbers and increased digital views may be good for NBC, the gap with London is now impossible to close — even with lifts from NBCUniversal's cable properties that are also airing the games.
At this point in London 2012, which finished with an average household rating of a 17.5, the games were still averaging more than 32 million viewers.