TV ratings: Olympics up slightly Wednesday, 'American Idol' steady but low

2014-olympics-feb-19-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

The short program in women's figure skating Wednesday helped NBC's Winter Olympics ratings improve some on the previous night, although it was off a bit in adults 18-49 compared to the same night of the 2010 games.

Per usual, though, NBC's numbers were far and away the best of the night. "American Idol" was about even with its performance Tuesday but came in below its season average. "Super Fun Night" ended its season on ABC with a series low in the 18-49 demographic, and CBS' "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" dipped as well.

NBC delivered 20.1 million viewers and a 12.2 rating/19 share in households in primetime. FOX (9.9 million, 6.0/9) finished second. CBS took third with 8.4 million viewers and a 5.5/9. ABC (2.9 million, 2.0/3) came in fourth, and The CW (888,000, 0.6/1) trailed.

NBC scored a 5.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, almost doubling the 2.6 for second-place FOX. CBS came in third with a 1.8, followed by ABC, 0.8, and The CW, 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (18.55 million viewers, 11.2/18 households)
FOX: "American Idol" (9.9 million, 6.0/10)
CBS: "Hawaii Five-0" rerun (5.6 million, 3.8/6)
ABC: "The Middle" rerun (4.2 million, 2.8/5)/"Suburgatory" rerun (2.95 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: "Arrow" rerun (1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (4.5)

9 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (20.9 million, 12.6/19)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (9.9 million, 6.4/10)
FOX: "American Idol" (9.8 million, 6.0/9)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (4.2 million, 2.7/4)/"Super Fun Night" season finale (2.7 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "The Tomorrow People" rerun (769,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (5.3)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (20.8 million, 12.8/21)
CBS: "CSI" (9.6 million, 6.3/11)
ABC: "Nashville" rerun (1.8 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (5.2)

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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