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There are 17 reasons NBC will want the Winter Olympics in '14

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As Fourth-Place Medal detailed on Saturday, NBC's contract to broadcast the Winter Olympics has ended. Within the next year, the IOC will solicit bids from American networks for the rights to air the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. ESPN, FOX and Turner are said to be interested in acquiring the package.

Though some media watchers are skeptical that the newly formed Comcast-NBC Universal will want to pay another $2 billion to get the Olympics after Vancouver put the network $200 million in the red, there are 17 very good reasons we could see the Games back on NBC in four years.

Below is a list of the top 20 television shows in America since Feb. 12:

1. Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony | NBC | 32.6 million

2. Winter Olympics Wednesday (1st) | NBC | 29.4 million

3. Winter Olympics Saturday (2nd) | NBC | 26.7 million

4. Winter Olympics Sunday (1st) | NBC | 26.4 million

5. Winter Olympics Saturday (1st) | NBC | 26.2 million

6. Winter Olympics Monday (1st) | NBC | 25.2 million

7. Winter Olympics Thursday (1st) | NBC | 24.8 million

8. Winter Olympics Friday (2nd) | NBC | 24.5 million

9. American Idol Tuesday (Feb. 23) | Fox | 24.2 million

10. American Idol Tuesday (Feb. 16) | Fox | 23.9 million

11. Winter Olympics Friday (1st) | NBC | 23.3 million

12. Winter Olympics Sunday (2nd) | NBC | 23.3 million

13. American Idol Wednesday (Feb. 24) | Fox | 23.0 million

14. Winter Olympics Thursday (2nd) | NBC | 22.9 million

15. Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony | NBC | 21.4 million

16. Winter Olympics Tuesday (2nd) | NBC | 21.3 million

17. Winter Olympics Monday (2nd) | NBC | 20.9 million

18. Winter Olympics Saturday (3rd) | NBC | 20.6 million

19. Winter Olympics Tuesday (1st) | NBC | 20.3 million

20. Winter Olympics Wednesday (2nd) | NBC | 19.8 million

Ratings information courtesy EW.com

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