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Ratings: 'American Idol' bests the Olympics

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A week after the 2010 Games ski jumped over American Idol in total viewership, Fox’s singing competition was back on top with its first live performance episode. Against the Olympics and Idol, ABC’s Lost grew its numbers from last week in total viewership and Adults 18-49. Despite this year’s intensified competition, Lost was also up over the same telecast last season.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 American Idol (Fox)

2010 Winter Olympics (NBC)


Lost (ABC)

90210 (The CW)



11.5 (repeat)

4.4 (repeat)

0.8 (repeat)

9:00 Lost (ABC)

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

Melrose Place (The CW)


8.6 (repeat)

0.5 (repeat)

10:00 The Good Wife (CBS)

The Forgotten (ABC)

7.1 (repeat)

5.0 (repeat)

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