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Ratings: 'American Idol' wins another round with the Olympics

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American Idol may have defeated the Winter Olympics again Wednesday, but the Vancouver Games crushed everything else. Fox topped primetime, averaging 22.8 million viewers for the evening. NBC followed with 19.5 million viewers. CBS, ABC and The CW, which admitted defeat with repeats, averaged 6.3 million, 3.7 million, and 1.1 million viewers respectively.

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

Winter Olympics (NBC)

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)

Modern Family (ABC)

Life Unexpected (The CW)



4.4 (repeat)

3.9 (repeat)

1.0 (repeat)

8:30 p.m. The Middle (ABC)

Gary Unmarried (CBS)

4.0 (repeat)

3.4 (repeat)

9 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS)

Modern Family (ABC)

Gossip Girl (The CW)

7.3 (repeat)

4.5 (repeat)

.6 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. The Middle (ABC) 3.5 (repeat)
10 p.m. CSI: NY (CBS)

Cougar Town (ABC)

7.9 (repeat)

3.3 (repeat)

10:30 p.m. Cougar Town (ABC) 2.7 (repeat)

Source: Nielsen

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