American Idol (8pm, Fox) - “Idol” is having what they call Rush Week, with the Top 15 female singers and Top 15 male singers competing for the final cut on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, respectively. Thursday night’s show reveals the Top 13 finalists. “Idol” alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, as well as mentor Randy Jackson, give advice to the hopefuls. And it can’t be said too many times how much improved “Idol” is with the current host of judges ( Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban). If you’ve been staying away, it’s time to come back. (And by the way, there are several good North Carolina singers competing.)
2014 Winter Olympics (8pm, NBC) - NBC’s primetime coverage continues. Tonight: Women’s giant slalom, women’s bobsled, finals in men’s freestyle skiing (halfpipe) and in women’s short track (3000m). NBC will continue their winter sport coverage through Feb. 23 on NBC, NBC-Sports, USA, MSNBC and CNBC. What you see in prime time will have been taped earlier, but all of the competitions will also be live-streamed on nbcolympics.com. For a full schedule, go to nbcolympics.com/tv-listings.
The Rise and Fall of Penn Station (9pm, UNC-TV) - This American Experience documentary tells the story of New York’s Pennsylvania Station, which opened to the public in 1910. The station is one of the greatest architectural and engineering achievements of its time, covering nearly 8 acres and requiring the construction of 16 miles of underground tunnels. It closed its doors some 50 years later, giving way to Madison Square Garden, a high-rise office building and sports complex.
Frontline: Generation Like (10pm, UNC-TV) - Frontline looks at how marketers use social media to get teenagers to sell products to themselves – and collect valuable data about them in the process.