Fox’s American Idol beat the telecast of the Olympics on Tuesday night, pulling 23.6 million viewers during its two-hour show, compared to the Olympics, which pulled 19.7 million. But the Olympics smashed Idol’s one-hour show on Wednesday.
The Olympics averaged a 5.4 rating in the 18-49 demo on Tuesday, while Idol generated a 9.1. Tuesday’s airing of American Idol, which unveiled Ellen DeGeneres as a judge, pulled the biggest numbers for a non-finale, non-debut in two years.
But on Wednesday night, the Olympics brought the heat to the singing competition. During the hour that the two shows competed against each other, the Olympics pulled 30.1 million people, while American Idol was seen by 18.4 million.
I myself am all about the Olympics so I say God Bless the U.S.A!