TV Ratings: FOX, Florida Chomp Thursday Rivals

Fast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

College football's championship game blitzed everything in its path Thursday, carrying FOX to a sizable ratings victory.

FOX averaged a 14.1 rating/21 share and a little over 24 million viewers in primetime, up a bit from last year's title game (the numbers will likely change some because of the live telecast). ABC was the best of the rest at 6.7/10. CBS, 6.0/9, came in third. NBC's 3.7/6 was good for fourth, and The CW trailed with a 1.4/2.

FOX also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with an 8.4 rating. ABC, 3.6, took second. CBS and NBC tied for third at 2.2, and The CW came in at 0.8.

The BCS title game between Florida and Oklahoma drew a 13.9/22 at 8 p.m. A "CSI: NY" rerun, 5.7/9, put CBS in second, ahead of "Ugly Betty," 5.0/8, on ABC. "My Name Is Earl," 3.5/6, and "Kath & Kim," 2.7/4, finished fourth for NBC. The CW went with a "Smallville" rerun.

FOX peaked in the 9 p.m. hour with a 14.4/21 for the Gators-Sooners matchup. ABC moved up to second with "Grey's Anatomy," 8.9/13. A "CSI" repeat took third for CBS, while an "Office" rerun, 3.0/4, and "30 Rock," 3.4/5, kept NBC in fourth. "Supernatural" scored a 1.3/2 for The CW.

The Florida-Oklahoma game dipped a little to 14.3/23 at 10 p.m. but still had a healthy lead. "Private Practice" earned a 6.0/10 for ABC in its new timeslot. "Eleventh Hour" posted a 5.2/8 for CBS, edging the 4.9/8 for "ER" on NBC.

Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.

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