By Mandi Bierly
Updated February 25, 2010 at 04:57 PM EST

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.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8 p.m.

American Idol (Fox)


8:30 p.m.

The Middle (ABC)

4.0 (repeat)

9 p.m.

Criminal Minds (CBS)

7.3 (repeat)

9:30 p.m.

The Middle (ABC)

3.5 (repeat)

10 p.m.


7.9 (repeat)

10:30 p.m.

Cougar Town (ABC)

2.7 (repeat)

Source: Nielsen

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