Olympics breaks ‘Idol’s’ long run on top

Fox reality hit had 222 consecutive timeslot wins


The number of consecutive timeslot wins by Fox’s “American Idol” — until Feb. 17, when NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics (and a record-setting night for Team USA) easily topped it in the ratings.

Head-to-head, the Olympics beat “Idol” by 29% in adults 18-49 rating (9.0 to 7.0) and by 58% in total viewers (29.4 million to 18.6 million).

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