TV Ratings: Sochi Olympics slip, 'American Idol' tumbles

Thursday night saw weak numbers across the board for all networks, with figure skating failing to draw in viewers for the NBC.

NBC and the Winter Olympics dipped slightly to a 4.9 in the important 18-49 demographics and 19.9 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The downward tick wasn't harsh for the Olympics, with only a 9 percent drop from the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Fox, however, really struggled for the night as American Idol tumbled 20 percent from last week to a 2.4 in the demo. That rating is the lowest ever for a regularly scheduled episode of the singing competition. The not long for this world Rake also dipped to a new low with a 1.0 rating. Fox averaged 6.6 million viewers and a 1.7 in the demo.

CBS aired only encores for the night, but still managed to be right on Fox's tail with a 1.6 in the demo and 6.626 million viewers, reports HitFix. ABC averaged a miserable 0.8 in the demo and 2.95 million viewers. A new episode of The Taste did managed to stay steady from last week, though, at a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo.

The CW went with repeats for the night and averaged a 0.2 in the demo and 815,000 viewers.

image courtesy of Fox

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