TV ratings: Winter Olympics and 'American Idol' both slip Tuesday

2014-olympics-feb-18-rtgs.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

A figure skating-free night at the Winter Olympics Tuesday pushed NBC's prime-time ratings down from Monday, although per usual the network led the night by a wide margin. The first live show of the season on "American Idol" was below average as well, as it often is when it airs outside its usual schedule.

The other networks went largely with repeats, although ABC's "Killer Women" ended its brief season on a low note. Of note, a repeat of the "Star-Crossed" premiere on The CW drew better-than-average numbers for a rerun.

NBC drew 18.5 million viewers and an 11.0 rating/17 share in households in primetime, almost doubling the 9.6 million and 5.9/9 for FOX. CBS (8.1 million, 5.3/8) came in third. ABC (2.7 million, 1.9/3) finished fourth, and The CW (923,000, 0.6/1) trailed.

NBC's 4.8 rating among adults 18-49 easily led the demographic race. FOX took second with a 2.7, well ahead of CBS' 1.3. ABC posted a 0.7 and The CW a 0.3.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (17.7 million viewers, 10.3/16 households)
CBS: "NCIS" rerun (9.8 million, 6.4/10)
FOX: "American Idol" (9.5 million, 5.8/9)
ABC: "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" rerun (2.7 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (798,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (4.4)

9 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (20.2 million, 11.9/18)
FOX: "American Idol" (9.75 million, 5.9/9)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" rerun (8 million, 5.2/8)
ABC: "The Goldbergs" rerun (2.5 million, 1.6/2)/"Trophy Wife" rerun (2 million, 1.4/2)
The CW: "Star-Crossed" rerun (1.05 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (5.3)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (17.5 million, 10.7/18)
CBS: "Person of Interest" rerun (6.4 million, 4.3/7)
ABC: "Killer Women" season finale (3.2 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (4.7)

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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