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Olympics knock off Idol, again

Previously, it had been six years since any program had bested the FOX juggernaut American Idol.

The new streak lasted only eight days.

NBC’s Thursday night coverage of the Winter Games topped Idol during their mutual time periods.

Overall, NBC has averaged 24.7 million viewers for the prime-time broadcasts, featuring plenty of tape-delayed coverage about which there has been overstated pockets of hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing.

Look for big numbers to come on Sunday afternoon if Canada beats Slovakia tonight in men’s hockey.  The US-Canada gold medal game will be televised live on NBC at 3:00 p.m ET.   

We wonder whether the occasion calls for a CoverItLive chat. . . .

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20 Responses to “Olympics knock off Idol, again”
  1. Joe C says: Feb 26, 2010 6:22 PM

    American Idol is going to be finished after this season as a rating’s powerhouse.
    But I bet it still outdraws NBC’s programming, since the Olympics won’t be around.

  2. robrocker says: Feb 26, 2010 6:30 PM

    What do the Olympics and American Idol have to do with the NFL?

  3. robrocker says: Feb 26, 2010 6:31 PM

    And according to the New York Times — which, unlike this site, isn’t a shill for NBC — Fox actually dominated NBC in the ratings that are most important, 18-49.

  4. Devils Advocate says: Feb 26, 2010 6:44 PM

    what does this have to do with football?
    nothing – you are just kissing your bosses butt crack.
    big deal – Idol has just started and they arent even close to the top12 yet moron.

  5. John El Way says: Feb 26, 2010 6:49 PM


  6. JCred says: Feb 26, 2010 6:50 PM

    No, it doesn’t call for a live chat. This is a pro football site, not an NBC love fest.

  7. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Feb 26, 2010 6:54 PM

    It was great to see the USA beat Finland today.
    That means we get a rematch for the gold after we kick the crap out of Slovakia.
    The USA won the battle, now we’ll see who wins the war.

  8. Deb says: Feb 26, 2010 7:11 PM

    Okay, don’t mean to rain on your parade, Mike, but Idol was on three nights this week and you’re only mentioning the Thursday results show. As a rule, results shows get lower ratings than performance shows. I watched both. Nice gadget that DVR. And since you keep telling me the skiing results in the NBC sports headlines, I just fast-forward through those competitions. No need to watch if I already know the outcome.

  9. wbills11 says: Feb 26, 2010 7:26 PM

    A “CoverItLive” chat is definitely in order for Sunday at 3PM EST. Go Sid and Go Fleury!
    But, go USA above all else.

  10. Bob S. says: Feb 26, 2010 7:36 PM

    Sunday’s Gold medal game against Canada (if Halak doesn’t stand on his head and beat them tonight)will be the most watched TV hockey game EVER in the USA!
    And like the girls last night, Canadian players will likewise celebrate at center ice.
    Canadian players, still wearing their uniforms and with gold medals draped around their necks, celebrated their victory by drinking champagne and beer at centre ice following a 2-0 win over the United States at Canada Hockey Place. The party girls have got a thumbs-up from the lead singer of Celtic rock band Great Big Sea. Singer Alan Doyle had no problem with the on-ice bash. He compared being on a hockey team to being in a band, saying you have to celebrate the good days to make the bad ones worth it. Doyle was on hand because it is Newfoundland and Labrador Day at the Games.

    USA is considered the HOME team for the game in Vancouver, Canada.

  11. Deel says: Feb 26, 2010 7:38 PM

    And when the Olympics end, the fantastic ratings for “Parenthood”, “The Marriage Ref” and “The Tonight Show w Jay Leno” (minus the audience who preferred Conan and minus the old people who no longer make it their habit to watch due to him moving the first time) will lead to a wonderful increase of football/Sprint phone coverage.

  12. imabigdog says: Feb 26, 2010 7:47 PM

    Guess that NBC was getting pissed that you were putting football comments in their olymipic posts.

  13. JSpicoli says: Feb 26, 2010 7:47 PM

    Where is the piece on how Cable will not be penalized/sanctioned by the NFL?
    Crow eater.

  14. Deb says: Feb 26, 2010 9:08 PM

    Now, wait a minute, Bob S. The Canadian women are being “investigated” by the IOC for that celebration. Champagne and cigars–oooo, that’s serious stuff. They might be in for a public flogging!

  15. Bob S. says: Feb 26, 2010 9:25 PM

    Deb says:
    Now, wait a minute, Bob S. The Canadian women are being “investigated” by the IOC

    I’d like to investigate the good-looking Swiss Women’s Curling team player whose tongue was pierced as could easily be seen on TV during their game. And find out why she had it done!

  16. Honinbo says: Feb 26, 2010 9:33 PM

    Olympics beat idol? Does that even make sense anymore????
    Its called DVR… People watch both!!!

  17. Bob S. says: Feb 27, 2010 12:00 AM

    Wow, Canada had to hang on for dear life to win this game tonight!

  18. footballhistorian says: Feb 27, 2010 1:43 AM

    Idol = gaiety

  19. RUGGERLAD says: Feb 27, 2010 7:19 AM

    Top 4 medals go to North America in Hockey.
    Well done North America
    Can’t wait for the game.
    Go Canada!!

  20. MikeF says: Feb 27, 2010 9:36 AM

    Where’s the asshat who earlier wrote (in response to Florio’s piece on the U.S. hockey team) that European hockey players are the best, because they have such tough lives compared to North Americans?
    Eat it.
    European hockey – polluting the NHL for at least 20 years.

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