Olympics push 'American Idol' ratings to new low

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You can bet NBC’s rivals are ready for the Olympics to be over.

Thursday night found Fox’s American Idol getting crushed in the ratings while other networks ran for cover by airing mostly repeats.

The Sochi Winter Olympics had 19.9 million viewers and a 4.9 rating, down 12 percent from the same night in 2010 in Vancouver among total viewers, but up from 2006 in Torino. While Idol sank to a series low, with 9.2 million viewers and a 2.4 rating. Idol is arguably particularly vulnerable to the big international drama of the Olympics since it’s also a judged performance competition. Full chart:

NET/TIME/PROGRAM  ADULTS 18-49  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000_
FOX 8-9P AM IDOL 2.4 9,193
9-10P RAKE- 1.0 4,017
ABC 8-10P TASTE- 0.9 3,158
10-11P SCANDAL- R 0.7 2,541
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG- R 2.6 10,058
8:30P MOM SP-THU- RS 1.8 7,161
9:00P TWO-MN- RP 1.6 6,513
9:30P MILLR RS 1.3 5,389
10-11P ELEMENTARY- R 1.3 5,316
NBC 8-11P OLYMPICS S 4.9 19,925
CW 8-9P ORIGINALS-2/20 RS 0.2 908
9-10P REIGN-CW R 0.2 723

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