By Mandi Bierly
Updated February 17, 2010 at 05:12 PM EST
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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.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8 p.m.

American Idol (Fox)

23.6

9 p.m.

Lost (ABC)

9.8

10 p.m.

The Good Wife (CBS)

7.8 (repeat)

Source: Nielsen

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