February 14, 2014



The Olympics pushed American Idol below a milestone.

Daily Comparison 2014 Thu Feb 13 three way

NBC:  See Mitch Metcalf’s Skedball post for details about the ratings track for the WINTER OLYMPICS.  Last night’s preliminary 5.9 was up 0.3 from Wednesday, but below the comparable night at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 games, and only the Opening Ceremony and Tuesday’s telecast are giving Sochi a bare lead over Turin after the first full week of games.

FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL was only down 0.2 from last week, but it was a notable fall, pushing the show below a 3 to 2.9.  For whatever it’s worth, RAKE held its full rating from last week–albeit an extremely weak 1.1.

CBS:  Despite the competition, a rerun THE BIG BANG THEORY was very strong at 2.8.  Nothing else came close, with the rest of the night’s reruns falling from 1.8 for THE MILLERS to 1.2 for ELEMENTARY.

ABC:  THE TASTE slipped 0.1 to 0.9, and was followed by 0.7 for a SCANDAL rerun.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3/0.3.

The only fresh programming airing against the Olympics tonight is 20/20.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."