American Idol has a six year winning streak on the line.  It hasn’t lost a single half hour to any of its competition since 2004.  Looks like the streak is safe.  Based on preliminary metered market data (always subject to change) Idol won every half hour last night too:

household rating/share

American Idol (Fox)
8:00 p.m.: 14.1/21 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 15.6/22 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 15.6/22 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 15.3/21 (#1)

Vancouver Olympic Winter Games (NBC)
8:00 p.m.: 12.5/18 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: 13.9/20 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 14.9/21 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 15.1/21 (#2)
10:00 p.m.: 15.5/24 (#1)
10:30 p.m.: 14.6/24 (#1)

via Marc Berman

It is possible that in that last half hour (9:30p) that Olympics will wind up edging out Idol in viewers, but I’d expect it to win every half hour in the demos.

We’lll award a bronze medal to Lost, at least in the metered market numbers it only dipped 8% (to a 6.7/ 9 household rating/share).

Check back later to see the viewer averages and 18-49 breakout.

Posted by:TV By The Numbers

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