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Ratings: 'American Idol' defeats the Olympics

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American Idol took ratings gold Tuesday, topping the night and the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours. NBC’s Olympics coverage, featuring a competitive night of men’s figure skating, nabbed silver by building its audience from 17.4 million to 22.4 million over the course of primetime. CBS’ NCIS took bronze with a repeat. Lost, which dropped about a million viewers from its premiere to week 2, was down roughly another million in week 3 — and finished just off the podium.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. American Idol (Fox)

2010 Winter Olympics (NBC)

NCIS (CBS)

Lost (ABC)

90210 (The CW)

23.6

20.4

11.6 (repeat)

4.2 (repeat)

.9 (repeat)

9 p.m. Lost (ABC)

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

Melrose Place (The CW)

9.8

9.1 (repeat)

.8 (repeat)

10 p.m. The Good Wife (CBS)

The Forgotten (ABC)

7.8 (repeat)

5.1

Source: Nielsen

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