By Annie Barrett
Updated February 18, 2010 at 06:11 PM EST
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The trifecta of U.S. gold-medaist Olympics Studs Lindsey Vonn, Shani Davis, and Shaun White stunned Fox’s American Idol into submission Wednesday night. NBC’s three-hour-long coverage of the Vancouver Winter Games gained a stunning near-9 million viewers over its Tuesday night telecast, which was largely comprised of men’s figure skating. Breaking [bones]: People like seeing skiers crash. It should also be noted that Life Unexpected‘s viewership of 1.3 million was a decent turnout for any CW airing, let alone a repeat.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8:00 p.m.

2010 Winter Olympics (NBC)

29.3

8:30

The Middle (ABC)

4.7 (repeat)

9:00

American Idol (Fox)

18.4

10:00

CSI: NY (CBS)

8.0 (repeat)

10:30

Cougar Town (ABC)

2.7 (repeat)

Source: Nielsen

Update: According to a statement issued by NBC, Wednesday night’s win over American Idol marked the first time Idol has not won against competition in average viewership and Adults 18-49 since May 17, 2004. From 9-10 p.m., the Olympics out-rated Idol by 63 percent among households and 30 percent amoung Adults 18-49. NBC’s Wednesday viewership of nearly 30 million is up 48 percent from the same day during the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.

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