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Thursday Ratings: Olympics top 'Idol'

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The Winter Games edged out another win against American Idol last night, but ladies’ figure skating, long thought to be the ratings-grabber for the Olympics, couldn’t top last Wednesday’s U.S. medal extravaganza. Perhaps predictably, new episodes of Survivor, The Deep End, and Kitchen Nightmares were no match for two of the biggest forces in the known universe: pop music and beautiful young women.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. 2010 Winter Olympics (NBC)

American Idol (Fox)

Survivor: Hereos vs. Villains (CBS)

The Deep End (ABC)

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

22.5

17.8

11.5

3.9

1.7 (repeat)

9:00 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)

Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

Supernatural (The CW)

9.6 (repeat)

7.7

4.5 (repeat)

1.5 (repeat)

10:00 p.m. CSI (CBS)

Private Practice (ABC)

7.7 (repeat)

3.6 (repeat)

Source: Nielsen

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