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Ratings: Olympics Opening Ceremony takes the week's gold

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The one thing that can topple Fox’s American Idol? Special event programming—and usually, it needs to be sports-related. For the second week in a row, a non-Idol program has been atop the weekly ratings chart for the broadcast networks. (Last week, the Super Bowl took down Idol.) This week, for the seven-day period ending Feb. 14, the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics on NBC drew 32.6 million viewers—nearly 5 million more viewers than the Tuesday edition of American Idol, which came in second place. Despite not coming in at No. 1, the episode was strong, however, likely because of Ellen DeGeneres’ first appearance as a judge. Third and fourth places on the weekly ratings chart also went to the Olympics, with the Sunday and Saturday night programming drawing 26.4 million and 26.2 million viewers respectively. American Idol again appeared at No. 5 with its Wednesday night edition drawing 25.2 million viewers.

The rest of the week’s Top 20—complete with viewership totals—can be found after the jump.

1. Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony | NBC | 32.6 million

2. American Idol Tuesday | Fox | 27.9 million

3. Winter Olympics Sunday | NBC | 26.4 million

4. Winter Olympics Saturday | NBC | 26.2 million

5. American Idol Wednesday | Fox | 25.2 million

6. NCIS | CBS | 19.7 million

7. NCIS: Los Angeles | CBS | 17.9 million

8. Two and a Half Men | CBS | 17.7 million

9. The Big Bang Theory | CBS | 16.3 million

10. The Mentalist | CBS | 15.9 million

11. Undercover Boss | CBS | 15.4 million

12. The Good Wife | CBS | 14.8 million

13. Criminal Minds | CBS | 14.3 million

14. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villians | CBS | 14.2 million

15. House | Fox | 13.6 million

16. CSI: Miami | CBS | 13.5 million

17. CSI: NY | CBS | 13.0 million

18. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC | 12.7 million

19. The Bachelor | ABC | 12.4 million

20. Lost | ABC | 11.0 million

Source: Nielsen

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