TV ratings: Winter Olympics fall, 'American Idol' best of the rest Wednesday

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NBC's Winter Olympics coverage recorded some of its lowest ratings of the 2014 games Wednesday night, falling sharply both from Tuesday's prime-time telecast and from the comparable night four years ago.

Nonetheless, NBC led the night by a wide margin. "American Idol" dropped some for FOX but was the night's top non-Olympic show. ABC, CBS and The CW largely took the night off.

NBC averaged 20.8 million viewers and a 12.1 rating/19 share in households in primetime. FOX (11.4 million, 6.7/10) finished second, comfortably ahead of CBS (5 million, 3.1/5). ABC (3.6 million, 2.4/4) came in fourth, and The CW (924,000, 0.6/1) trailed.

In the 18-49 demographic, NBC's 5.6 rating led the way, beating out FOX's 3.4. ABC took third with a 1.2, followed by CBS, 0.9, and The CW, 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

Winter Olympics (18.7 million viewers, 10.9/17 households)
FOX: "American Idol" (11.1 million, 6.6/10)
ABC: "The Middle" rerun (5 million, 3.2/5)/"Suburgatory" rerun (3.7 million, 2.4/4)
CBS: "Mike & Molly" rerun (4.7 million, 3.0/5)/"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America" rerun (3.9 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: Movie - "Best in Show" (929,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (4.7)

9 p.m.

Winter Olympics (21.8 million, 12.6/19)
FOX: "American Idol" (11.8 million, 6.8/10)
CBS: "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America" rerun (5.1 million, 3.1/5)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (4.8 million, 3.2/5)/"Super Fun Night" (3.5 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "Best in Show" (919,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (6.0)

10 p.m.

Winter Olympics (21.9 million, 12.8/21)
CBS: "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America" rerun (5.6 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: "Nashville" rerun (2.3 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (6.0)

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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