NEW YORK -- Shani Davis, Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White are the true American Idols.
In a startling turnaround from the night before, the Olympics clobbered Fox's "American Idol" in the ratings Wednesday night. The Nielsen Co. said that during the one hour the two shows competed against one another, the Olympics were seen by 30.1 million people while 18.4 million watched "American Idol."
It was the first time in six years that anything has beaten the nation's most popular program head to head in the ratings.
Davis, Vonn and White were all heavily promoted American contenders who won gold medals Wednesday.
On Tuesday, "Idol" beat the Olympics by nearly 4 million viewers.
Lindsey Vonn of the United States, the gold medal winner,
signs autographs after winning the Women's downhill at the
Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia,
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
American speed skater Shani Davis
trains at the Richmond Olympic Oval
at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in
Vancouver, British Columbia,
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010.
(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)