The Olympics begin tonight. Due to a scheduling quirk, night one of the competitions is happening before tomorrow night’s opening ceremony. The events featured include the first ever team figure skating competition (which features skaters performing the same programs that they will in the individual competitions for a combined team score, not, to my disappointment, a giant group performance), the debut of slopestyle snowboarding (minus Shaun White who pulled out of the event because he felt the course was too dangerous), free style skiing and women’s moguls.
The Olympics are competing head-to-head with original programming, including The Big Bang Theory and American Idol. The first night of competition for the London games averaged a 8.2 adults 18-49 rating. But it aired on a Saturday against repeats and featured the extremely popular swimming events. The first night of competition of the 2010 winter games, which also aired on a Saturday, garnered a 7.9 adults 18-49 rating. So how will the Olympics do tonight? Make your prediction!