First the good news — Fox’s American Idol won’t have to face Olympics coverage for another four years (assuming the singing competition sticks around that long.) Now the bad news. In its last showing against the Sochi games last night, Idol (2.4 in adults 18-49) hit its lowest rating ever on any night. It was down 8% from Wednesday and down 17% from last Thursday. New drama Rake (1.0) also continued to slide, hitting a new low.
With the Canadian women taking the hockey gold away from the Americans in a heartbreaking fashion and the figure skating judges eagerly handing the gold to the one host country contestant that didn’t tumble over defending champion Yuna Kim for yet another figure skating judging controversy, NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage drew a 4.9 in 18-49, down 17% from the comparable night in Vancouver. The finale of ABC’s The Taste (0.9) was flat, tying a series low.