Fast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009.

Viewers were pleased to have the Golden Globes back on NBC after a one-year absence, but the end of the NFL playoff game between the Steelers and Chargers pushed CBS to the Sunday win.

CBS averaged a 4.9 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, beating NBC's 4.1 rating. ABC had a 3.5 rating for third, nipping the 3.4 rating for FOX. The CW's 0.4 rating wasn't in the equation.

CBS also won overall, averaging an estimated 17 million viewers with a 10.2 rating/16 share. NBC was second with an 8.2/12, while ABC's 6.2/10 and FOX's 5.5/8 followed. The CW had a 0.7/1.

At 7 p.m. the conclusion of the Steelers' postseason win did a 17.1/27 for CBS. NBC was second with the 4.8/8 for Golden Globes red carpet. ABC was a close third with "America's Funniest Home Videos" FOX's animation repeats were fourth, while The CW finished fifth with a 0.5/1 for "Jericho."

CBS stayed on top at 8 p.m. with a 9.6/14 for "60 Minutes." NBC's Globes telecast had a 9.4/14 for second, while the first hour of FOX's "24" premiere was third with a 7.0/10. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was fourth, still many many many many times better than The CW's airing of "Carrie."

At 9 p.m. NBC moved into first with the Globes doing a 9.0/13. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" had an 8.5/13 for second, winning the hour in the 18-49 demographic. CBS' "Cold Case" was third, beating the 7.1/10 for the second hour of "24" on FOX. The CW stayed last.

NBC' Globes broadcast was up to a 9.4/15 in its final hour. CBS' "The Unit" was second with a 6.5/11, beating the 5.8/9 for "Brothers & Sisters" on ABC.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.


A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.