American Idol Wins the Night Against the Winter Olympics

Great ratings for American Idol last night, considering it was competing directly with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

As an aside, Idol Season 5 beat the Winter Olympics routinely back in 2006. But then, Idol was hitting it’s peak at that point…

via Mediaweek:

-Ratings Breakdown:
Not even the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games could stop the American Idol juggernaut, with Idol-ignited Fox outdelivering NBC by 3.23 million viewers and 3.7 rating points among adults 18-49. Tied for the distant No. 3 spot were ABC and CBS.

A two-hour edition of Fox’s American Idol, which unveiled seven of the 24 semifinalists, averaged 23.64 million viewers and a 9.1 rating/22 share among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows:

American Idol (Fox)
8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 21.83 million (#1), A18-49: 8.3/23 (#1)
8:30 p.m. – Viewers: 24.35 million (#1), A18-49: 9.4/23 (#1)
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 24.14 million (#1), A18-49: 9.3/22 (#1)
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 24.22 million (#1), A18-49: 9.4/22 (#1)

Needless to say, this is quite an accomplishment opposite The Winter Olympics,

Over at NBC, the first Tuesday of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games scored 20.41 million viewers and a 5.4/14 in the demo in prime-time, with the half-hour breakdown as follows:

Vancouver Olympic Winter Games (NBC)
8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 17.39 million (#2), A18-49: 4.0/11 (#2)
8:30 p.m. – Viewers: 19.81 million (#2), A18-49: 4.9/12 (#1)
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 21.00 million (#2), A18-49: 5.7/13 (#2)
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 20.75 million (#2), A18-49: 5.6/13 (#2)
10:00 p.m. – Viewers: 22.38 million (#1), A18-49: 6.3/16 (#1)
10:30 p.m. – Viewers: 21.14 million (#1), A18-49: 6.0/17 (#1)

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