TV ratings: Olympics trounce 'Idol' top 24 Wednesday

lindsey-vonn2-olympics-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

The combination of Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White in primetime gave NBC a big night of Olympic ratings Wednesday, beating "American Idol" and FOX by a wide margin.

NBC drew 29.3 million viewers and a 16.7 rating/26 share in households in primetime, more than double the averages for No. 2 FOX (12.8 million, 7.4/11). The rest of the networks were in repeats, with CBS (6.9 million, 4.5/7) leading ABC (3.9 million, 2.6/4) and The CW (975,000, 0.7/1).

The story was pretty much the same in the adults 18-49 demographic, where NBC's 8.9 beat the combined total of the other four networks. FOX scored a 4.5 to take second, followed by CBS, 1.8; ABC, 1.5; and The CW, 0.4.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (26.6 million viewers, 15.2/24 households)
FOX: "Human Target" (7.1 million, 4.4/7)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5.1 million, 3.3/5)/"The Middle" rerun (4.7 million, 3.0/5)
CBS: "Old Christine" rerun (4.9 million, 3.3/5)/"Gary Unmarried" rerun (4.4 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: "Life Unexpected" rerun (1.3 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader:
Winter Olympics (7.6)

9 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (30.1 million, 17.0/26)
FOX: "American Idol" (18.4 million, 10.4/16)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (8 million, 5.3/8)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (4.4 million, 2.8/4)/"The Middle" rerun (3.2 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" rerun (608,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (9.0)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (31.15 million, 17.8/29)
CBS: "CSI: NY" rerun (8 million, 5.3/9)
ABC: "Cougar Town" reruns - two episodes (2.9 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (10.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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