American Idol defeated the Olympics again last night in head-to-head competition between 8p-10p.  American Idol averaged an 8.6 rating with adults 18-49 and 22.8 million viewers, easily besting the Olympics which averaged a 4.9 rating for adults 18-49 and 19 million viewers from 8p-10p.

From 8pm-11pm NBC averaged a 5.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 19.5 million viewers.

NBC had it’s brief shining moment last Wednesday where a huge medal day for team USA at the Vancouver games trumped American Idol, marking the first time American Idol had been bested in six years.   After a streak of about 222 consecutive wins American Idol’s streak ended.   At 2-0, is another streak beginning?

By this time next week we’ll have returned to normalcy for a few days.  But for now, we’re still stuck with a dearth of new broadcast television programming.   Other than American Idol and the Olympics, there was no new programming on the major broadcast networks last night.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX American Idol 8.1/22 21.71
NBC Vancouver Winter Olympics 4.1/11 16.85
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.2/3 3.94
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine (R) 1.1/3 4.37
CW Life Unexpected (R) 0.4/1 1.05
8:30 ABC The Middle  (R) 1.4/4 3.98
CBS Gary Unmarried (R) 0.9/2 3.36
9:00 FOX American Idol 9.2/23 23.90
NBC Vancouver Winter Olympics 5.7/14 21.15
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.7/4 4.52
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 1.8/4 7.27
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.2/1 0.59
9:30 ABC The Middle (R) 1.4/3 3.54
10:00 NBC Vancouver Winter Olympics 5.9/16 20.43
CBS CSI: NY (R) 1.7/5 7.89
ABC Cougar Town (R) 1.4/4 3.31
10:30 ABC Cougar Town (R) 1.1/3 2.67

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