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Olympics Top 'Idol,' Trail Torino On Thursday Night

2/26/2010 1:39 PM Eastern

NBC Olympic coverage topped American Idol for the second time in a week on Thursday, but trailed the corresponding night in Torino.
NBC's coverage of the Vancouver Games averaged 19.2 million viewers in the 8 p.m. hour on Feb. 25, 1.4 million more than the 17.8 million for Fox's latest presentation of American Idol, according to Nielsen data. Head-to-head, the Olympics also outpointed Idol by 11.4 to 10.2 among households.
That marked the second time in a week that NBC's Olympic telecast topped Idol, which until Feb. 17 had won its time period 222 consecutive times over a six-year period.
Gauged against the corresponding night in Torino, Vancouver fell. On Feb. 25, NBC featured the women's figure skating finals won by South Korea's Kim Yu-Na, averaging 22.9 million watchers from 8 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. That was down from 25.7 million from Torino, the best night of the 2006 Olympics, which showcased American Sasha Cohen in the lead and favored to win the women's figure skating competition.She ultimately took home the silver.

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