By Mandi Bierly
Updated March 04, 2010 at 05:35 PM EST
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NBC must really be missing the Olympics right about now. American Idol blew away the competition on Wednesday, as the Peacock returned to its regularly scheduled programs: Mercy and Law & Order: SVU. Some good news for NBC: Viewers tuned in to see SVU at 10 p.m., which should make the affiliates happy. Some bad news for Oprah Winfrey: Her ABC Oscar special didn’t even do Jay Leno numbers at that hour.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8 p.m.

American Idol (Fox)

23.5

8:30 p.m.

The Middle (ABC)

6.0

9 p.m.

Criminal Minds (CBS)

13.2

9:30 p.m.

Cougar Town (ABC)

5.4

10 p.m.

CSI: NY (CBS)

12.5

Source: Nielsen

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