Fast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009
CBS' final NFL telecast of the season was a big one, utterly dominating Sunday night's ratings.
For the night, CBS averaged an 18.6 rating/29 share and better than 33 million viewers (those numbers will change some because of the live telecast). ABC was the best of the other four networks with a 5.9/9. NBC, 3.4/5, came in third, followed by FOX, 2.6/4, and The CW, 0.7/1.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS' 12.0 rating was four times better than the 3.0 for second-place ABC. FOX took third with a 1.8. NBC averaged 1.3 and The CW 0.4.
The AFC Championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens scored a 21.2/34 for CBS at 7 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos" delivered a 4.0/6 for ABC. "Dateline" drew a 3.8/6 for NBC. The return of "Hole in the Wall" to FOX was greeted with a modest 2.2/3. The CW went with "Jericho."
CBS drew a 19.9/30 with its NFL coverage at 8 p.m. ABC stayed in second with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 5.1/8. "Dateline" held steady for NBC, staying ahead of a pair of "Simpsons" reruns, 2.6/4, on FOX. The movie "Mr. Mom" drew a 0.8/1 for The CW.
The Steelers-Ravens game earned a 19.8/29 at 9 p.m. "Desperate Housewives," 8.3/13, built significantly on its lead-in for ABC. The "SNL Presidential Bash" on NBC (3.0/4) finished third in households, but FOX snagged a few more total viewers with an hour of "Family Guy," 2.9/4. "Mr. Mom" played out the string for The CW.
At 10 p.m., the conclusion of the AFC title game and a special showing of "The Mentalist," which started about 10:30 ET, averaged 13.7/22 for CBS. "Brothers & Sisters" scored a 6.1/10 for ABC, while NBC's "SNL" special drew a 3.2/5.
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.