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. . . .