The Sochi Games drew an average audience of 20.1 million, compared with the 20.3 million who tuned into the second Wednesday of the Vancouver Games four years ago.
However, NBC's night was down from 2010 in the advertiser-preferred 18-49 age group. Among the key young adults, the Games scored a 5.0, representing a 9% drop. It was still the night's top-rated network.
Prime time TV ratings for the Sochi Games have been generally down from Vancouver, which probably benefited from live coverage and a North American host city.
Ligety won his second Olympic gold medal, living up to his status as the favorite in the giant-slalom event. He first struck gold at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, in the super-combined competition.
Compared with last week, "Idol's" first-ever Rush Week has posted lower numbers. Last night's episode was down 24% in the demo compared with last Wedensday. Thursday night's "Idol" will reveal the results of the two performance rounds.
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