TV ratings: 'American Idol' steady Thursday, Olympics rise a little

2014-olympics-feb-13-rtgs.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

The Winter Olympics gave NBC another dominant ratings win Thursday, as the network's coverage improved a bit on Wednesday's numbers. Overall, the games are running a bit behind the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver -- as expected when the games are staged outside North America.

"American Idol" held up fairly well opposite the Olympics, as the unveiling of the 30 semifinalists was off only a tenth of a point in adults 18-49 vs. last week. "Rake" was also steady (if low) for FOX. The night's only other original show was "The Taste" on ABC, which was down from a week ago.

NBC delivered 22.9 million viewers and a 13.4 rating/21 share in households for the night. CBS (7.02 million, 4.3/7) narrowly beat FOX (6.96 million, 4.2/6) for second place in viewers. ABC came in fourth with 2.8 million viewers and a 1.8/3, and The CW (1.05 million, 0.7/1) brought up the rear.

The 18-49 title went to NBC as well -- its 5.9 rating was up a few tenths from Wednesday's showing. FOX took second with a 2.0. CBS' 1.6 was good for third, while both ABC (0.8) and The CW (0.3) fell below the 1.0 mark.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (20.7 million viewers, 12.1/19 households)
FOX: "American Idol" (9.9 million, 5.8/9)
CBS: "The Big Bang Theory" rerun (11.8 million, 7.2/11)/"The Millers" rerun (7.5 million, 4.6/7)
ABC: "The Taste" (3 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: "Arrow" rerun (1.1 million, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (5.0)

9 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (25.1 million, 14.4/22)
CBS: "The Crazy Ones" rerun (5.1 million, 3.1/5)/"Two and a Half Men" (5.5 million, 3.5/5)
FOX: "Rake" (4 million, 2.6/4)
ABC: "The Taste" (3.1 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "The Originals" rerun (1.05 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (6.6)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (22.9 million, 13.7/23)
CBS: "Elementary" rerun (6.1 million, 3.9/6)
ABC: "Scandal" rerun (2.3 million, 1.6/3)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (6.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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