Fast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007
"American Idol" won't end up being the most-watched show of the week after all, thanks to huge numbers for the AFC Championship game on CBS Sunday.
CBS averaged a huge 22.6 rating/33 share in primetime (those numbers may change a little because of its live telecast), beating the combined total of the other four networks. ABC was the best of the rest at 7.9/11. NBC, 5.1/7, finished third. FOX took fourth with a 3.4/5, and The CW trailed with a 1.7/2.
CBS also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 14.9 rating. ABC, 4.7, came in a distant second. NBC averaged 2.6, FOX 2.3 and The CW 0.9.
The AFC Championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots posted 24.7/37 for CBS at 7 p.m. "Deal or No Deal" put NBC in second with a 5.7/9, topping "America's Funniest Home Videos," 4.9/7, on ABC. Reruns of "'Til Death" and "The War at Home" were fourth for FOX, while two episodes of "Reba" drew a 1.8/3 for The CW.
CBS' NFL coverage dipped slightly at 8 p.m. to 22.8/32. ABC moved up to second with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 7.3/10. "Grease: You're the One That I Want" was third for NBC at 5.2/7. FOX stayed in fourth, averaging 3.8/5 with repeats of "The Simpsons" and "American Dad." The CW's "7th Heaven" improved slightly on its lead-in.
At 9 p.m., the Colts-Patriots game jumped back up to 25.1/35, leaving ABC's "Desperate Housewives," 11.0/15, in the dust. "The Apprentice" managed only a 4.4/6 for NBC. FOX went with reruns of "Family Guy," 3.8/5, and "American Dad," 3.1/4. The CW finished its night with a "Beauty and the Geek" repeat.
On Saturday, CBS averaged 4.4/8 with its crime-drama repeats and "48 Hours." FOX finished second at 4.2/7, followed by ABC, 3.9/7, and NBC, 3.4/6.