Olympics a big (TV) winner

Despite all the talk about the Vancouver Olympics telecast being a ratings loser for NBC, on Wednesday night the network pulled off what might be the Games’ biggest upset yet.

NBC’s Olympics telecast earned a 19.3 overnight rating and knocked off Fox’s “American Idol,” becoming the first show in six years to knock “Idol” from the top spot.

Head-to-head, NBC’s Olympics coverage scored a 19.8 rating to a 12.3 for “Idol” from 9 to 10 p.m.

On the same night two years ago in the Turin Olympics, “Idol” outdrew the Olympics 17.8 to 10.7.


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